Month: February 2018

There’s No Tomorrow

We’ve all had that friend: the one who is perpetually planning. They have elaborate plans for their health, their finances, their work, their friendships, their relationships. Plan after plan after plan. And yet, time passes, and nothing changes. Epictetus posed the best retort to the “diet starts tomorrow” issue: “How long are you going to wait before …

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3 Stoic Principles That Helped Me Survive a Flesh Eating Parasite (And a Subsequent Bone Infection for Good Measure!)

This is a guest post by Shawn Rana. Shawn is a digital analyst, musician, and world traveler. You can connect with him via LinkedIn or Facebook.  Dry skin. Eczema. Staph infection. After a week in Costa Rica, these were just a few of the diagnoses doctors provided as they tried to determine why the skin …

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How To Change Your Life

It was today in 1965 that Malcolm X was gunned down while delivering a speech in a New York City ballroom. Perhaps the most controversial of the Civil Rights leaders, Malcolm was a complicated man. His early life was defined by crime, liqueur and violence and it was a story that ended, as it ends …

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A Hardship, But No Matter

Frederick Douglass is one of the greatest Americans who ever lived. Born into slavery, he faced his enslavers and dared them to keep whipping him. He taught himself to read and then he escaped to freedom. His memoir was a massive bestseller and his political influence was such that he became the most photographed man in America, …

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How to Not Be Angry

The Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn has written about how our denial of impermanence is what makes anger and resentment possible. We think we have unlimited time, and therefore the luxury of being mad at someone, or furthering some feud. “If we spend twenty four hours being angry at our beloved,” he wrote, “it is because we are ignorant …

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