We way we process thoughts is reflected in our body language.
Here’s something I first learned about on a Nicholas Bate course, maybe 15 years ago. A useful (and visual) reminder…
Each person acquires their own character, but their official roles are designated by chance. You should invite some to your table because they are deserving, others because they may come to deserve it.
Seneca (4 BC – AD 65), Moral Letters to Lucilius (47.15)
Make the best of today. Those who aim instead at tomorrow’s plaudits fail to remember that future generations will be nowise different from the contemporaries who so try their patience now, and nowise less mortal.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.44)
A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for. He was made to show goodwill to his kind, to rise above the promptings of his senses, to distinguish appearances from realities, and to pursue the study of universal Nature and her works.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.26)
Everything – a horse, a vine – is created for some duty. This is nothing to wonder at: even the sun-god himself will tell you, ‘There is a work that I am here to do,’ and so will the other sky-dwellers. For what task, then, were you yourself created? For pleasure? Can such a thought be tolerated?
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.19)
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.
Image: UNITED ARTISTS/COLUMBIA PICTURES
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)
The reason I’m here, the reason I was born, the reason I’m on this earth, is to write songs.
Joan Armatrading, Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I [57:45]
Admire the clarity of purpose. Joan Armatrading speaking right at the end of this fascinating documentary on BBC4.Continue reading “Clarity: the reason I’m here…”
Be more wolf, less sheep, with Nicholas Bate…
7. more wolf
8. less sheep
9. (although no reason
10. -no reason at all-
11. why you can’t be a
12. nice wolf.)
13. But how?
14. Read so much you can out-think anyone;
15. Think so much you can out-solve anything;
16. Solve so much you know exactly the Life you want.
17. Write so much you tumble with ideas;
The wolf vs. sheep debate reminds me of this cartoon from Hugh MacLeod at Gaping Void (a copy of which hangs over my desk)…
Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.27)