Category: Inspiration

From around the blogosphere

‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’

Steve Layman brings us sound advice from another place and time. He also suggests a few simple rules for everyday life.

Michael Wade shares a moment of tranquillity

…along with style, beauty, art and advice.

Nicholas Bate provides pithy advice for better living (always) …

How to get better at anything, 22

1. Read the best book on the subject by the best expert.
2, Practise the skill daily.
3. Fill a notebook with key points, learnings and tips on the subject.
4. Read that notebook (3) daily.
5. Create a plan of incremental improvement. 
6. …

I am in awe of those who produce thoughtful, thought-provoking and inspiring material with such relentless regularity.

More inspiration to be found at Cultural Offering, and with Patrick Rhone, and with Seth Godin (this particularly caught my eye) and many, many other places. Follow the links, hat-tips and references and let your mind wander. Even if your body can’t.

Photo by Martin Schachinger on Unsplash

Stoicism and psychotherapy – @DonJRobertson

It was common to refer to philosophy itself as a medicine or therapy (therapeia) for the psyche, the soul or mind.

Here’s an interesting article from Donald Robertson (cognitive psychotherapist and author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor) on Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism and the roots of cognitive behavioural therapy: Marcus Aurelius in Therapy.

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Let it go – ancient advice for modern times

We find ourselves in vexed and vexatious times. Let it go.

Stop fretting and stressing over things you can’t control.

It isn’t the things themselves that disturb people, but the judgements that they form about them.

Epictetus (c.50 – 135), Handbook (5)

So…

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No tree becomes deep-rooted unless – @execupundit

Execupundit’s Michael Wade offers an excerpt from the Little Book of Stoicism:

No tree becomes deep-rooted and sturdy unless strong winds blow against it. This shaking and pulling is what makes the tree tighten its grip and plant its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those grown in a sunny valley. “Why then,” asks Seneca, “do you wonder that good men are shaken

Read the rest, here.

Photo by Faye Cornish on Unsplash

Reminders for life…

Dip into these insights and reminders from Nicholas Bate…

Life Reminder 23

Play more music, more often. It can only make you feel better.

Life Reminder 22

The deepest thinking coincides with the most brisk of walking. Rain or shine.

Life Reminder 18

Whatever you do, do it well. You feel good and you become indispensable.

Seek out the rest, and more, here.

Photo by Simon Noh on Unsplash

What’s your métier?

This from chef Rick Stein’s Secret France.

In passing Stein remarks that in France, rather than asking “What do you do?”, people ask “What’s your métier?”—literally, what are you master of?

We should all aspire to be masters of our chosen profession.

I’m pretty sure it was episode 2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8sb .

The book’s here, but I suspect, it won’t help. Great recipes, though.

Image: BBC

You want approval? That’s anathema to me.

Actor Daniel Craig, interviewed in the Sunday Times and asked: When did people start to care what others thought?

It’s social media. There is a constant looking, in life, for approval, and it really jars with me. But I’m a 51-year-old man. Nobody listens to me. Or they will stop listening to me sooner rather than later, so it doesn’t really matter what I think. But I grew up when punk rock was on the scene. You want approval? That’s anathema to me. It doesn’t make any sense to me — in art. It’s anti-art. It’s anti-creativity.

Read the full interview, here.

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