A couple of months ago I discussed changing the name of my blog. I no longer run thanks to a surgery to remove one-half of the meniscus in my right knee. The surgeon told me I could continue to run. He also warned me that I would require a knee replacement sooner than later. So I went back to my bike. Cycling was always my first love anyway.
So the new name for the blog is “The Stoic Social Worker” to be found at “thestoicsocialworker.net.” I guess if you’re reading this then you know that already.
Why the Stoic Social Worker? I started reading Ryan Holiday’s work about Stoicism about 7-years ago. I had been interested in the writings of Marcus Aurelius, Cicero and other Stoics, I was surprised to find how well these beliefs, this philosophy was consistent with my values. I read Cicero’s “On A Life Well Spent” and I was hooked. The writing was so simple and it just made sense. I have many quotes I liked from the book but my favorite for me encapsulated everything. That quote, “A life employed in the pursuit of useful knowledge, in honorable actions and the practice of virtue yielded an unspeakable comfort to the soul.”
Stoicism is an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.
The Stoic philosophy also meshed well with my work as a social worker because so much of the distress we experience in life is due to our ignorance. Ignorance breeds fear. Fear can be reduced by increasing our knowledge of a topic and then putting that knowledge to use to better understand what we fear and why we fear it. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the therapy of my choice not only in my own life but with the clients with whom I work to help them achieve success when working to achieve their therapy/life goals. The two fit together well and have allowed my clients to experience positive therapy results.
As Forest Gump said, “That’s all I have to say about that.”