Exercise General description
Epictetus' Hercules' Training Rehearse In his "Discourses", Epictetus writes, "What would become of Hercules if there had been no lion, hydra, stag or boar, and no savage criminals to rid the world of? What would he have done in the absence of such challenges? Obviously he would have just rolled over in bed and gone back to sleep. So by snoring his life away he would never have developed into the mighty Hercules." (Discourses: On Providence). Epictetus argues that challenges, such as lion attacks, are an opportunity to grow our character. How can you turn your own challenges into information that will help you grow?
Global Exercise
Quotations from Stoic Philosophers like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus
Let us too overcome all things, with our reward consisting not in any wreath or garland... but in moral worth...