9 morning affirmations to set up a Stoic day:

1. "Today I am grateful I woke up."

2. "Today I will focus only on what's necessary."

3. "Today I will tolerate, and where possible help, diffcult/rude people as I don't know what battles they are fighting."
4. "Today I will spend no time on what I can't control."

5. "Today I will not exaggerate problems, I will accept them as challenges."

6. "Today I will be specific about my worries and deal with them one step at a time."
7. "Today I will be present with others, not distracted."

8. "Today I will keep in mind that little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within my way of thinking."

9. "Today I will do a little better than yesterday."

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