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The Daily Stoic

They’re Throwing This To You | Try The Other Handle

Mon Jun 10 2024
ASPCA Pet Health Insurance ProgramStoicismPerspectiveLeadership

Description

This episode explores the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Program and Stoic principles for making the world better. It emphasizes the importance of passing the torch, choosing the right handle in difficult situations, and applying Stoic principles in parenting and leadership. The episode highlights the power of perspective and how it can shape our experiences.

Insights

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Program

The ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Program offers customizable plans for accident and illness coverage for cats and dogs.

Stoics and Making a Difference

The Stoics were active in politics and public life, striving to make the world a better place.

Passing the Torch

Life and history are about working towards progress and passing the torch to the next generation.

Choosing the Right Handle

Epictetus taught the importance of choosing the right handle in difficult situations, focusing on what can be gained and learned.

Parenting and Leadership

Choosing the right handle applies to parenting, teaching, and leadership, strengthening relationships based on trust and shared history.

Chapters

  1. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Program
  2. Stoics and Making the World Better
  3. Passing the Torch
  4. Choosing the Right Handle
  5. Parenting and Leadership
  6. Applying Stoic Principles
Summary
Transcript

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Program

00:00 - 01:22

  • Wondery plus subscribers can listen to the Daily Stoke early and add free right now.
  • The ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Program offers customizable accident and illness plans for cats and dogs.
  • Visit ASPCA pet health insurance.com/TDS for more information.

Stoics and Making the World Better

01:25 - 04:08

  • The Stoics were active in politics and public life, striving to make the world better.
  • We can choose to be descendants of trailblazers, activists, heroes, and helpers who move things forward.
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were inspired by Cato's example.
  • Marcus Aurelius saw the Stoics who came before him as contributors to a society of equal laws and rulers who respect liberty.

Passing the Torch

04:08 - 05:02

  • Life and history are about working towards progress and passing the torch to the next generation.
  • The Stoics bequeathed a tradition of trying, sacrificing, and striving to do what's right.
  • Will you prove to be a worthy recipient of the torch?

Choosing the Right Handle

05:02 - 08:21

  • Epictetus taught that every event has two handles, one that makes it harder and one that makes it easier.
  • Choose to focus on common ground, what has gone right, and the positive aspects of situations.
  • Grab the handle that makes you stronger, gives you agency, and provides a path forward.

Parenting and Leadership

08:21 - 09:35

  • Choosing the right handle applies to parenting, teaching, and leadership.
  • By grabbing the right handle, you strengthen relationships based on trust and shared history.
  • George Washington's story of honesty with his father exemplifies choosing the right handle.

Applying Stoic Principles

09:35 - 10:01

  • Epictetus chose to learn from his experience as a slave rather than seeing it as the worst thing that could happen.
  • Choose to grab the smooth handle in any situation, focusing on what can be gained and learned.
  • The handle we choose matters in how we approach and navigate life's challenges.
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