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Life Is A Mere Moment – Do As A Stoic Would And Live Immediately

In Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, the main character, Binx Bolling, periodically muses on the concept of a repetition. He first explains it as follows (if you’re like me, reading the explanation will need several repetitions before it sinks in!): “What is a repetition? A repetition is the re-enactment of past experience toward the end of…

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…

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…

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…

How James Frey Recovered From A Public Stoning

When the book A Million Little Pieces was published in 2003, it was a huge milestone of vindication for author James Frey. He had spent the previous twelve years in France trying to become a writer. He could now finally say he was one. But it wasn’t getting published that made him feel like he…

A Simple Four Step Approach To Journaling

The Stoics were avid writers, often for no other purpose than collecting and reviewing their own thoughts. In fact, Marcus Aurelius' best-known work, Meditations, was a series of his own notes and never intended to be read by anyone else. Epictetus and Seneca also recommended regular journaling to their students in order to exercise their…

Getting From A To B – Enjoy The Journey

Getting from A to B can be so tedious. Having to be at B in the first place, especially if it’s some social occasion, can be tedious. Sometimes I’d rather stay at A and bask in the comfort of not making engaging conversation. It’s not that I don’t like people, it’s just that I’m an…

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