Philosophy

Philosophy | seasons | Stoicism

Drink Up Before the Dregs

“Lay hold of to-day’s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon to-morrow’s. While we are postponing, life speeds by. Nothing, Lucilius, is ours, except time.” – Seneca “What is the state of things, then? It is this: I do not regard a man as poor, if the little which remains is…

Family | Philosophy

The Bows and the Arrows

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself… You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams… You may strive to be like them, but seek not to…

Culture | Philosophy | Travel

The World As We Know It

“… and anyhow travel is over, like one’s books and the rest of civilization” – Rose Macaulay This Macaulay quote, plucked from the extraordinary Erik Larson book The Splendid and the Vile, was from a letter that she wrote to a friend after her London flat was destroyed in 1941 during one of the many…

Philosophy | Poetry | Stoicism

That Fire Was

“Ashes denote that fire was;Respect the grayest pileFor the departed creature’s sakeThat hovered there awhile.Fire exists the first in light,And then consolidates, —Only the chemist can discloseInto what carbonates.” – Emily Dickinson, Fire I once climbed into a cave deep in the Grand Canyon and observed the soot accumulated on the ceiling from fires generations…

Philosophy | Poetry

Willing to be Dazzled

“Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled— to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world.” – Mary Oliver, The Ponds Maybe it’s the dulling effect of years staring at screens, where every moment is designed to dazzle you…

Philosophy | Stoicism

For this Moment

I’m a bit lost this morning with the writing. Most days it comes naturally. Not so much today. This morning I found a lovely poem that I thought might be a great starting point but, upon reflection, reserved it for a eulogy I’m writing. Unless I scrap it for another passage I’m contemplating. But either…

Career | Culture | Fitness | Hiking | Philosophy | Stoicism

Prominence

“Make sure you’re not made ‘Emperor,’ avoid that imperial stain. It can happen to you, so keep yourself simple, good, pure, saintly, plain, a friend of justice, god-fearing, gracious, affectionate, and strong for your proper work. Fight to remain the person that philosophy wished to make you. Revere the gods, and look after each other….

Culture | Fitness | Philosophy

Unfolding Your Own Myth

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi There are a lot of stories out there. Stories of accomplishment, stories of conquest, stories of adventure and love and tragedies overcome. Humanity is full of stories. The ones we tell others to make them believe we’ve got…

Culture | Fitness | Habits | Philosophy | Productivity

On Discipline

“Look at a river as it moves toward the sea. It creates its own banks that contain it. When there’s something within you that moves in the right direction, it creates its own discipline. The moment you get bitten by the bug of awareness.” – Anthony de Mello, Awareness Sometimes I fight active avoidance in…