Contemplating Seneca #23: Considering Vampires

In childhood, we hear of the monsters that come out at night. And for some reason, these monsters always prefer to come out at night, where they prefer the cover of darkness. And because of their predilection for the night, we must remain in the safety of our beds. When we grow up, we forget […]

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Your Own Personal Treasure Island

There are a few quotes that have always resonated with me. Thoreau had a good one about us only hitting at what we aim at. Therefore, he said, we should aim at something high even though we might fail immediately. Mix his words with Les Brown’s quote about shooting for the moon. If we do […]

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The Phoenix

The sun rises and a new day begins. With it comes new hopes and new dreams. The dawning of the sun brings a rebirth. It brings life. As the evening comes, the hopes of the day cease. This close signifies death, a conclusion to the life that was. We see this cycle repeated over and […]

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What Is Ugly?

We can be ugly in our choices and how we treat others. We can also be beautiful in our actions. Whatever we choose will manifest itself in how we are perceived (ugly or beautiful) by others.

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Good, not Perfect

In his book Open, Andre Agassi wrote about the time he struggled the most on the tennis court. Trying to be perfect, he realized he was making more mistakes. It was not until he finally let go of trying to be perfect and instead concentrated on being good, that he found his greatest success. Cleanthes, […]

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Useless Things

What are useless things? Timewasters are the obvious. But what about the not-so-obvious: multi-tasking, dwelling on the past, or anxiety about the things that are outside of our control? You could go back and beat yourself up over all the useless things you have done, but this also is useless. After all, you cannot go […]

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Gotta Do the Work

From a young age, Thomas Edison was willing to do the work. He grew up poor and got his first job at the age of twelve. He never had the chance to get a formal education. Through books, experiments, and practical experience at various jobs, Edison gave himself a rigorous education that lasted about ten […]

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Ready, Aim, Fire, and Then Repeat

Who doesn’t want to reach their goals? I know I do. And when it comes to goals, it seems like I have one for almost every area of my life. You name it, I probably have a goal for it: personal, professional, fitness, writing, financial, and spiritual. Yep, this list could go on. And though […]

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Okay Google, Stop Timer

I will not grieve over his body, for he is no longer there. Though tears may fall, I will not mourn for his passing. His life was well-lived, therefore I will celebrate the life that was. His memory I will honor by sharing his stories and teaching his children’s children what he taught me. They […]

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Going After Our Personal Legends

I recently decided to reread The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If you haven’t read this short book, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It is truly a great read that you won’t regret. In the book, the shepherd boy Santiago is on a quest to find his treasure and obtain his Personal […]

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