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What Am I?

I am a barista. I work in a small coffee shop. From early morning, the smell of freshly ground beans charges the air. The aroma soothes and the caffeine energizes, people relax at tables and others jostle to be served. People really love coffee these days and I love to bring that love to life.…

Stoic Solutions For Feelings Of Insecurity

The feeling of insecurity is a constant threat to contentedness. We feel insecure about money, relationships, careers and a whole collection of other things that we believe need to be perfect before we can relax. Some common reasons we might give for feeling insecure are: I don't have enough moneyI don't know if a certain…

How To Reclaim Your Innocence

There’s a chapter in Anthony de Mello’s The Way to Love entitled Become Like Children. It outlines how a child can be influenced to lose its innocence and subsequently live a life that is so dependent on externals that they never truly know who they are. This may sound like an abstract notion, but I’ll…

The Best Stoicism Podcasts

If you're an avid podcast listener and a student of the Stoics, you're probably always on the look out for good Stoicism podcasts to plug into. If you're not familiar with them, podcasts are a great way to absorb information when reading isn't convenient. That could be while driving, while working out, or any time…

How To See Through The Clouds

I sometimes get into a cloudy state of mind. Everything feels a bit greyer at these times and certain things don't seem to matter as much. It's usually brief, but it's uncomfortable. The good thing about these periods is that they're a natural indicator that I need to do something less (work?), do something more…

Approve Yourself

You’re a genius, fantastic, such an amazing person. That felt good to hear didn’t it? Well, I was lying - you suck, you’re terrible, just awful. That didn’t feel so good, right? Those feelings would probably be even more intense if someone was saying these things to you in person. A guaranteed shift in your…

Exercise: How To Invite Insults (And Why You Should)

No one enjoys the discomfort of ridicule. To be derided by someone you don’t know can be painful. When it’s someone you do know it can hurt even more. Ridicule is sent with different intentions by the aggressor - it can range from playful to sinister - but the intention doesn’t always produce a proportionate…

Don’t Drink Coffee, Experience It (Like Italians Do)

Never drink a cappuccino after 11am. Ask for a latte in a cafe and you’ll get a glass of milk. Just want an espresso? Don’t order an espresso - order a caffè. Italy’s coffee culture can seem strange to the uninitiated (or just un-Italian). There are rules and traditions that have been developed in the…

Moderation.

Hesiod was a Greek poet who advised the observation of due measure because “moderation is best in all things.” Plautus was a Roman dramatist who, either quoting Hesiod or making his own assertion, said that “moderation in all things is the best policy.” Ralph Waldo Emerson echoed the sentiment again when he wrote, “Moderation in…

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