100 days of Stoicism journal — Day 7
Pet a cat or a dog whenever you get the chance to.
After an exhausting day, you need to take your mind off of things for a bit.
I recieved some news today that were quiet stressful when one first hears them. I tend to overthink things on many occasions and this was one of them, especially if something might disrupt a certain plan that i’ve already laid down. Top it off with the lack of gas in the country leading to an unfathomable amount of traffic, chaotic driving in addition to the hot weather.
What bugged me more is that a friend of mine was worried about not being able to make it to an important place since he couldn’t fill up his car tank. And by the time he leaves work, the gas stations would’ve been closed. So i offered to take his car and fill it up for him, as he can’t leave his post with no one there to cover for him, once i’ve put my stuff in the office and checked that the line at the gas station near our workplace has shrunk.
Unfortunately, i only remembered what I should’ve done after I shut down my computer late in the afternoon when I was done with work.
It killed me.
I’m still unable to understand why couldn’t I remember this simple thing.
I left my office with my mind in scrambles. Too many things to think about and missteps that I need to assess.
And there it was. A white furry cat laying on the floor. As soon as i walked towards it and crouched, it got up and approached me. I started petting it and it started purring.
It truly calmed my mind.
Looking at what i went through today:
- I’m grateful that i’m still alive this far and have the ability to right down my thoughts.
- I could have no opinion on the news that I got today, hence avoiding being emotional now and just wait. Overthinking can cause further missteps and I should be patient.
- I must apologize to my friend and keep my word for next time.