I’ve been reading and thinking a bit about Stoicism and it’s central theme of control. Recognising that there are things we can control (our judgements, decisions, actions, etc.) and things we can’t control (the weather, other people, train timetables, etc.), Stoicism seems to suggest that our emotional turmoil and discontent come from confusing which things go in which category. So, we get stressed about trains running late when really we should accept that as something outside our control, and we feel like we feel a lack of control about our workload because we haven’t fully accepted responsibility for our decisions and actions. A clear, calm, rational state of mind comes from being able to better understand which things in our lives we should expect to have control over and which we shouldn’t.