Stoic alchemy is taking whatever life offers and turning it into something good. When we make this a consistent practice the circumstances we’re faced with stop being obstacles. Instead they become the perfect material with which to create excellence.
”This is the magic wand of Hermes: ‘Touch what you want’, so the saying goes, ‘and it will turn to gold.’ No, but bring me whatever you wish, and I’ll turn it into something good. Bring me illness, bring death, bring destitution, bring abuse or a trial for one’s life, and under the touch of the magic wand of Hermes, all of that will become a source of benefit.” (Discourses 3.20.12, trans. Robin Hard)
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