“No, it is events that give rise to fear – when another has power over them or can prevent them, that person becomes able to inspire fear. How is the fortress destroyed? Not by iron or fire, but by judgements. Here is where we must begin, and it is from this front that we must seize the fortress and throw out the tyrants.” Epictetus, Discourses.
Don’t let the bad influences in this world trick you into letting down your drawbridge. Hold your standard up for all to see, and keep a constant watch. Let your values be your fortress.
Review your defences regularly. What are the foundations upon which your strength is built? Knowing what your values are is an essential building block in developing resilience. When times are hard, you’ll need to fall back onto those values and stand fast in the face of adversity.