Wisdom

The Daily Art of Giving Thanks

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson The great American essayist, lecturer, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson is known today as a champion …

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A Stoic Response to Failure

The art of properly responding to failure begins by not being surprised by it. When Seneca wrote that “nothing happens to the wise man contrary to his expectation,” this is partly what he meant. The reason that so many failures are devastating to us—failed businesses, failed relationships, failed vacations, failed attempts to get across town in …

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Stoicism Saved My Life

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present” – Marcus Aurelius So there I was yet again, curled up in the fetal position on the bedroom floor with tears flooding from my eyes. Outwardly screaming but all …

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Keep Calm and Be Stoic: A Practical Response to the Unthinkable

I’ll keep this brief, because it’s 5AM and the unthinkable has happened: reality star-turned-political savior Donald J. Trump has just clinched the Presidency of the United States. Yes, the same Donald J. Trump who’s been publicly supportive of restricting Muslim immigration to the U.S.; the same Donald J. Trump who’s been accused by over a …

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A Stoic Remedy for Election 2016: Choices, Character, and The Common Good

Elections are about choices and character: obviously those of the candidates, but also about our own, too. As we enter the final weeks of campaigning by one of the most widely lamented presidential slates in recent memory, we are besieged and fatigued by the increasing heat of partisan character assassination and a growing sense of …

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Responsibility and Response: Why Our Choices are the Only Thing that Matters

“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince Every day we tell ourselves stories about why things are the way they are. We spend large chunks of the day lamenting …

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