The Obstacle is The Way
by Ryan Holiday
Everyday events, circumstances and irrational human behaviour can get under our skin. If we don't understand the importance of human behaviour and what drives them. We will continue to struggle, be overreactive or continue to take things personally. Through this book, many stoics of various backgrounds are discussed. How each practiced mental control and moved strategically. In a world where turmoils bring the worst out of many. These stoics have kept cool under pressure.
Each chapter is an examination of a historical figure to enlighten us about the times and the method each individual used to handle tough situations. We respect, honour and revere these individuals because of the toughest battles or situations they had overcome. How we respond to challenges is what shapes us. We are not the sum of the good times. We are the accumulations of our hardest battles and our good days. Both work to refine our character if we allow.
''The Obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.'' Therefore our problems become part of our story. Without those problems who and what we are cannot be tested or refined by life. In essence, each obstacle is there to strengthen our character and commitment to the chosen path or cause.
''Objective judgement, now at this very moment. Unselfish action, now at this moment. Willing acceptance - now at this moment - of all external events. That's all you need.'' - Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and Stoic Philosopher. Marcus, in his time, was an emperor of one of the biggest empires at the time. He knew how to deal with people and the situations that came up as a result of human behaviour.
The book is divided into three parts. Part One: perception, Part two: action and Part three: will. We will examine each section and see what lessons we can take away from each part.
Nyabuoy Gatbel is a South Sudanese Canadian currently living in Calgary, AB. She was born in Ethiopia in 1993 and moved to Canada as a refugee in 2002. She's currently a undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Besides her studies she's a social entreprenuer focusing on the, ''Paarman Centre project,'' a fashion model, writer and author of the book, ''The Fire Within poetry in Thok Nath and English.''