Examining Epictetus #35: Memento Mori

One day, I will leave this body. Death will come, and there is no stopping it. Time. Once it is lost, it is gone forever. As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “Space I can recover. Time, never.” Death cannot be cheated. Time cannot be recovered. It almost sounds inevitably depressing. Doesn’t it? But… If I spend […]

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Contemplating Seneca #96: Subtract Desire

Here is a universal piece of advice that spans across cultures and times: Desire Less Starting with Solomon in the Judeo-Christian world: Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. –Ecclesiastes 5:10 From the Buddhist and the Second Noble Truth: All suffering comes from […]

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Contemplating Seneca #77

I went down another rabbit hole of reading Seneca’s Letters when I got to the seventh, On Crowds. It is a good one that speaks much of what is going on in the U.S. today. For example, this gem: To consort with the crowd is harmful; there is no person who does not make some […]

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A Drop in the Universe, A Speck in Time

I turned out the lights and turned on my Kindle. It was bedtime, and the Kindle my nightly ritual. A little light reading before bed helps me sleep. It tires my eyes and quiets my mind. Usually I read a bit of fiction, but this night I read from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. The translation I […]

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Contemplating Seneca #50: Righteousness

One of my all-time favorite books that I love to refer to is Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. For some reason, the imagery of that story will never leave my mind. It is a book about walking the path. To make it to the end, Christian cannot deviate to the right or to the left. […]

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Contemplating Seneca #11

Bad Things Happen -Good. What is the worst that could have happened? I could have been in the garage when the tree fell? But even that would not have been so bad if my heart was strong enough to bear the fright? No, things could have been much worse. I could be unable to work, […]

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Contemplating Seneca #85

This week I started listening to the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast #1470 with Elon Musk. One of the first topics discussed is why Elon Musk is selling all his houses. What was his answer? Target vector. Huh? Apparently his houses increase his chances of being targeted by the outside. All his wealth, and he is […]

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Contemplating Seneca #20

It was weakness on my part for letting it bother me, but in truth I have been guilty of doing the same thing. Have you ever held information with the intention of increasing your value? Have you ever kept your cards close to the vest rather than share it with the team? I used to […]

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Contemplating Seneca #61: Mental Digestion

In his 84th letter to Lucilius titled On Gathering Ideas, Seneca makes a  few great analogies to prove a point that is pure wisdom. Look at the bees. They gather what they need to make honey and then take it to their homes. In the hive it is transformed into honey, no longer retaining the […]

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Contemplating Seneca #74

Do I really have the time? Four weeks of not working flew by way too fast. Every day I was able to accomplish projects that would normally take me weeks. Not being regulated by a schedule that involves 10 hours a day dedicated to working a day job really allowed my personal productivity to skyrocket. […]

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