Stoic Week begins next Monday, so here's what you need to do to prepare.
Wait. Why should you even participate in Stoic Week? Ok, I'll bite. Here are three reasons.
One: Stoic Week is testable.
As part of Stoic Week, all participants are asked to take a series of well-being/attitude tests at the beginning and end of the week. I know, tests aren't everyone's idea of fun. But how many philosophies, religions, self-help practices, etc... do you know that hold themselves up to this sort of scrutiny? The Stoic Week organizers actually want to know if they did you any good and what, if anything, specifically did that good. I believe that is pretty cool.
Two: Stoic Week is a week.
I mean, come on, you can practice Stoicism for a week. I've reviewed this year's Handbook for the event and it is seriously well designed. In one week you will have a very good sense of what Stoicism has to offer. Why not join the party for a week? We've been helping people thrive since 300 B.C.E.!
Three: You're reading this blog.
Don't let me be the only voice of Stoicism in your life. I'm immoderate, for Zeus's sake! I mean, I'm doing my best here but the Stoic Week organizers are pros. We can all grow our perspective of Stoicism together. Which brings me to a bonus reason.
Bonus Reason: Community
This Stoic Week I'll be writing about my experiences...perhaps even making an audio recording. Next year I'm hoping to have some online discussions (Google Hangouts) with other Stoics and interested parties. If you find that Stoicism speaks to you, maybe you'll join me?
Ok. So what to do to prepare.
- Take the tests.
- Download the handbook and read a bit about Stoicism and this week's event.
- Find some place to talk about your experiences. You can always join the Stoicism Group on Facebook, or talk to me on my Page.
So that's it. Go get ready.