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Saat hal-hal semakin di luar kendali diri, saya mencari pertolongan dari luar — bacaan tentang psikologi, self help, dan tentunya curhat dengan sahabat.

Salah satu artikel yang saya baca (di sini) rupanya tepat sasaran ke ego saya. Begini bunyinya…

The Stoics valued tranquility and thought being angry was a waste of time. But what should you do when your blood boils?

Force a smile. Soften your voice. Seneca thought if you act calm, you will become calm.

When angry, says Seneca, we should take steps to “turn all [anger’s] indications into their opposites.” We should force ourselves to relax our face, soften our voice, and slow our pace of walking. If we do this, our internal state will soon come to resemble our external state, and our anger, says Seneca, will have dissipated.

Nasihat ini jadinya saling melengkapi dengan nasihat dari sahabat yang kurang lebih mengajak saya untuk “let it go.”

Kombinasi keduanya jadi mantra yang berguna untuk saya.




Disclaimer: I’m not saying I will not encounter any turmoil in the near future. I’m just saying I found a mantra to help me overcome it.

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