Do the Dangerous Thing

It was today in 1520 that the explorer Ferdinand Magellan crossed from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific Ocean, the first European explorer to ever do so, and inching his way closer to a complete circumnavigation of the globe. One cannot study Magellan and not be impressed by his feats of Stoic discipline and self-control. … Continued

It Was Probably Worse

It’s the man stepping outside to take a walk after a fight with his wife. It’s a mother worrying about her child, the one that seems to always be in trouble. It’s the merchant stressed to the point of explosion, where will the money come from? How will I keep going? It’s the two siblings … Continued

Why Do You Think You Have Time To Kill?

We get to where we were going and walk into the lobby and check our watch. It says we’re a few minutes early, so we reach into our pocket to grab our phones to kill a few minutes. Is this act not the expression of so much of what’s wrong with modern life? The entitlement. … Continued

Every Day Is A Thanksgiving

The Stoics saw gratitude as a kind of medicine, that saying “Thank you” for every experience was the key to mental health. “Convince yourself that everything is the gift of the gods,” was how Marcus Aurelius put it, “that things are good and always will be.” And they didn’t just mean this on special days like Thanksgiving … Continued

The World Wants To Know

There is a scene in Cormac McCarthy’s dark and beautiful novel All the Pretty Horses, where Emilio Perez asks John Grady a question that we would do well to think about in our own difficult circumstances. “The world wants to know if you have cojones. If you are brave?” This is something the Stoics might have expressed in … Continued

Nobly Carrying On

It was 154 years ago yesterday that Abraham Lincoln ascended a small stage at the newly created cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and gave a short address of some 272 words. The address was short and the shortness and quietness of it seemed to so catch the audience off guard that we don’t even have a uniform … Continued

What To Take Seriously

The General Fox Connor would tell his young protege Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Always take your job seriously, never yourself.” It’s a paradoxical truth: The responsibilities thrust upon you are important and your duty to those you lead or serve is everything, yet where these roles take you—be it to power or wealth or fame—says nothing … Continued

If Only They Knew

You hear that a friend—or rather not really a friend—has said something behind your back. Worse, maybe they not only said it behind your back but in front of a lot of other people. What can you do? Perhaps you greedily suck this information up through your sources—What did they say? Really? In those words?—and watch as … Continued

Are We Ok With This?

Turn on any daytime ESPN or FS1 show and you’ll likely find a collection of former athletes, anchors and writers discussing inane questions like: “Are We Ok with __________ Doing _______?” Or “What Do You Think of ________’s Upsetting Comments?” “Should _______ Be Fined For _______?” Or some other such nonsense. It’s not always like … Continued