Taking The 21-Day Daily Stoic Freedom Challenge

Every few months, the Daily Stoic (of the book and journal of the same name) run a challenge to help their readers adopt a more Stoic mindset by practising things like gratitude and voluntary discomfort. The latest of these challenges, The Daily Stoic Freedom Challenge, is explained as follows: The Daily Stoic Freedom Challenge is…

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Be Happy For This Moment. This Moment Is Your Life.

I was introduced to someone today and the first thing they said to me was, “I love you.” This took me aback and I panicked and replied with, “Nice to meet you!” Luckily for me they seemed to happily accept my fumbled greeting even though I hadn’t reciprocated their more emotional one. Worried that I…

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Imagine You Are 80 Years Old

Imagine something for a second. Imagine you are 80 years old. Your skin’s a bit looser, you have whiter/thinner/no hair, your teeth are in a different room. If those things apply to you already I mean no disrespect — they’re all perfectly natural. But if you have to imagine, ask yourself these questions: looking back over my…

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Start With Yourself

Thank you for reading this. Everyone who posts anything online hopes that someone will read it, I’m no different. Why post it otherwise? From the quick-fire Facebook status to the long-crafted Medium story, it all craves eyes. We all seem to be trying to write something that people will like, whether that means they click…

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Try This, Look At A Sheep

I enjoy watching animals doing nothing. Just as well really, they can be found doing nothing most of the time. If you live in the countryside, or travel there often, you might enjoy this too. It’s peaceful. Gazing into a green field at grazing sheep, I can focus on something much simpler than the things…

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Have You Ever Wanted To Get Away From It All?

The phrase “get away from it all” is so common that it warrants its own definition in Collins English Dictionary. The Collins website explains it as follows: “If you get away from it all, you have a holiday in a place that is very different from where you normally live and work.” If you’re like…

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We Always Have A Choice!

“Mari, you have to go,” Keller says. “I admire what you’re trying to do, I admire the hell out of what you’re trying to do, but it’s not possible. You and a half dozen women cannot go up against the Sinaloa cartel!” “Because the people who are supposed to protect me,” she said, “are the…

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Poor Are Those Who Need Too Much

In his consolation to Helvia, Seneca The Younger posits: “Is it not madness and the wildest lunacy to desire so much when you can hold so little?” He goes on to say how unwise it is “to think that it is the amount of money and not the state of mind that matters!” This is…

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The Mafia Philosopher

Shaun Attwood is a former stock-market millionaire and Ecstasy supplier turned public speaker, author and activist, who is banned from America for life. While incarcerated in Arizona from 2002–2007 for drug crimes, he developed a close relationship with a man known as Two Tonys. On his prison blog, Attwood described Two Tonys as “a whacker…

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Would You Choose Water Over Wine?

Recently I heard a song that I hadn’t listened to in years. I make the distinction between heard and listened because this time the song moved me in a way it never did before. It’s easy to listen to something without really processing it, it’s more difficult to hear it and thereby digest it. The…

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