New Year Wisdom From Zeno Of Citium

As we begin the new year, it’s always helpful to have some guidance and perspective on how to make the most of the coming months. One person whose wisdom has stood the test of time is Zeno of Citium, the ancient Greek philosopher who founded the Stoic school of philosophy. The teachings of Zeno focused on the idea of living in accordance with nature and finding inner peace by taking responsibility for what we can control, and letting go of what we cannot.

Here are a few pieces of advice from Zeno that might be helpful as you embark on your goals for the new year:

  • “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Sometimes the best thing we can do is simply wait and let things unfold naturally. Rather than stressing out or trying to force things to happen, try to be patient and trust that things will work out in their own time. Trust that the right answer or decision will come when it is needed.

  • “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Having a clear purpose or meaning in life can help us overcome challenges and setbacks. Take some time to reflect on what truly matters to you and make sure you are working towards goals that align with your values and passions.

  • “The only thing that is truly yours is your own understanding of things.” – No one can take away your direct experience of life and your understanding of things that are derived from it. Remember to trust your own judgment, be open to others but don’t be swayed by external pressures or opinions.

  • “Remember that you are an actor in a play, which will necessarily be limited in time. Whether long or short, the play will be completed, and you will leave the stage. It is the role that is important, not the length of the performance.” – Life is short and we all have a limited time on this earth. Don’t get too caught up in the day-to-day and try to focus on living a life of meaning and purpose.

  • “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” – Surround yourself with positive, supportive people who help bring out the best in you. This can make a huge difference in your outlook, your overall well-being and to get you through your toughest days.

I hope these words of wisdom from Zeno of Citium help inspire and guide you as you start the new year. Here’s to a happy and fulfilling 2023!