The Stoic Jew

TSJ Interlude - A Stoic Pep Talk on My Mild Anxiety About Meeting Up With My Dad's Family for Thanksgiving

November 24, 2021 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 6 Episode 19
The Stoic Jew
TSJ Interlude - A Stoic Pep Talk on My Mild Anxiety About Meeting Up With My Dad's Family for Thanksgiving
Show Notes

Synopsis: This Thanksgiving (i.e. tomorrow) I'll be meeting up with my dad's family. Some I haven't seen in a few years; others, in a decade; others in two decades; still others, I've never met. I thought I wasn't nervous about this reunion, but the fact that I woke up this morning at 3:30am and couldn't stop thinking about it would suggest otherwise. I figured: What better way to process my mild anxiety than by recording an episode of The Stoic Jew Podcast about it? If this episode comes across as more meandering than usual, that's only because I was working it out on the spot, and I wanted to do it in one take. Hopefully this will help others deal with similar cases of mild anxiety, whether about Thanksgiving or about caring what others think in general!

Sources:
- Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Paquda, Chovos ha’Levavos 5:5
- Aurelius, Meditations 7:62 and 12:4
- Seneca: Letter #7
- Plato, Crito
- Montaigne, Of Solitude
- Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life
- Seneca, Natural Questions IV A, Pref. 14,18
- Mivchar ha'Peninim: Shaar ha'Tznius
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