I’m currently enjoying a new, mini-book collection, Jagged Thoughts for Jagged Times 101, from the irrepressible Nicholas Bate.
Snagging my eye are the following:
6. What is the purpose of work? Purpose.
21. Changing your language will change how you think; changing your posture will change how you feel.
30. Long read more by short reading less.
33. This day deliberately left blank.
44. No doughnut is ever free.
76. Procrastination is so tomorrow.
Nicholas is always thought-provoking and inspiring (though I fret for those poor, indentured doughnuts). Catch his live and jagged thoughts, here.
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Fix your thoughts closely on what is being said, and let your mind enter fully into what is being done, and into what is doing it.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.30)
Exile, torture, war, shipwreck … We should set before our eyes the entire range of human fortunes, and calibrate our thoughts about the future not by the usual scale of events but by the magnitude of what could happen. If we wish not to be overwhelmed, stunned by rare occurrences as if they were unparalleled, we must take a comprehensive view of fortune.
… whatever we mortals construct is condemned to be mortal We live amid things that will die. … Let us, therefore, shape our minds to be such as will understand and endure our lot, knowing that fortune shrinks from nothing.
Seneca (4 BC – AD 65), Moral Letters to Lucilius (91.8, 91.12, 91.15)
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… to all my American friends.
It seems a career in technology brings you many friends in or from the US, as does following some great blogs on shared interests. Those are good things.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition (less so the now universal Black Friday that follows). In the UK, we tend to bundle the giving of thanks into tinsel-decked week of Christmas and New Year … if we remember at all.
Our turkeys live a month longer, but we don’t really understand pumpkins.
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Very wise words from Execupundit’s Michael Wade:
I don’t know where many young people get the idea that they and the world are supposed to be perfect but that is a cause of paralysis in the first case and delusion in the second.
Let’s start with the first. Being reasonably good in most jobs will put you close to super-star status. Do you think Babe Ruth or Ted Williams always hit home runs? Is every play by Shakespeare great?
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Do away with all fancies. Cease to be passion’s puppet. Limit time to the present. Lear to recognise every experience for what it is, whether it be your own or another’s.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.29)
Kurt at Cultural Offering has updated his list of 25 Blogs to Make you Smarter and includes a history of his own Cultural Offering.
I am flattered to be included, although the list includes many, more worthy blogs. A lot of them are on are on my own list of essential, morning reading.
Check out the list, here.
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