When we hear the word stoic nowadays, we think of a person who shows indifference to tragedies that happen to them, a person who stands still regardless of how many times life hits him. But the original meaning of stoicism was much more than that.
Once upon a time, in the city of Cyprus, the was a very wealthy man called Zeno of Citium. He was taking his ship sailing in the seas holding all of his treasures and wealth, and then his ship sank, taking with it all of the wealth that he has collected in his whole life. Because of this single event, the rich Zeno became poor in just a blink of an eye.
If you were in Zeno's shoes, how would you react? would you be sad or angry?
But for Zeno, the case was different. He knew that the sinking of his ship was something beyond his or anyone’s control, he knew that tragedies in life were certain.
Zeno is considered the father of Stoicism, a philosophy that benefits anyone and everyone, stoics ranged from kings to Peasants, women or men, no matter the difficulties that they face.
Even if we don’t have complete control over what happens to us, we do have complete control over how we react to it and how it affects us.