Ground down by lockdown? You could look at this as the ultimate Stoic test and attempt to live by the maxim:
It isn’t the things themselves that disturb people, but the judgements that they form about them.”
In other words, like it or not, how we respond to things we can’t control is a choice. Nicholas Bate, as ever, has wise and pithy words,
here and here and here…
Covid Career Goals, 7
1. To be measured
by the value you create not just the time you put in.
To be constantly learning. Especially through mistakes.
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Kurt Harden at Cultural Offering has Anton Chekhov’s eight qualities of cultured people…
They have no shallow vanity. They do not care for such false diamonds as knowing celebrities, shaking hands with …
Well worth studying and cultivating.
Read the rest, here.
‘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.
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It was common to refer to philosophy itself as a medicine or therapy (
therapeia) for the psyche, the soul or mind.
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. Continue reading
“Stoicism and psychotherapy – @DonJRobertson”
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)
“Let it go – ancient advice for modern times”
Execupundit’s Michael Wade shares some wise words:
You may not have the control to lengthen your life, but you can do much to deepen it. Frank Sonnenberg
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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.
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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.
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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:
The book’s here, but I suspect, it won’t help. Great recipes, though.
The success of any year will be determined in large part by what you choose to ignore.
Wise words from Execupundit’s Michael Wade, one of the handful of pithy, insightful bloggers who start my day.
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