Since the COVID-19 became a pandemic, many people around the world have been forced to face the ugliness of adversity.
During these difficult times, the last thing most people want to be offered are book recommendations. I know this because as much as I love books, I hated reading because I found many books lost my interest after the first chapter or two.
However, there have been several books that have kept my attention past the first two chapters. Three of these books have changed my perspectives on how to deal with the uncontrollable shit show of a curve ball that life can throw at us. And the best part of all is that they are all short and to the point.
Meditations was written by a Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius.
The Art of Living was written by a Greek slave, Epictetus.
The Obstacle is the Way was written by a modern day entrepreneur, Ryan Holiday.
Even though their lives are all different, the one thing they agreed on was the fact that you are never in control of circumstances but rather the way you handle them.
Knowing all the adversities I experienced over the last few years made me realize that no matter how much I wanted to be in control of my circumstances, it was never up to me. Therefore, it was just my time to be mentally tested over and over again until I accepted that fact.
It didn’t matter what I did to improve any of my situations, adversities just kept being thrown at me until I finally accepted that I was absolutely not in control.
With that said, I now I feel most of the world is about to go through the same process and I feel these books will help to prepare for what may come.