All work and no play

Friendship, love, family and work bring some responsibilities. Resentful and angry, we may at times think that it’s all just chores; all work and no play.   Before you give in to bitterness, ask yourself: are you really compelled to do even half of those things you sometimes feel like you must do?  Do others really [...]

Big Questions

Here are some very fundamental, big questions.   Go ahead, give them a go.  Even better if you write down your answers, and return to them once in a while. Task #1 Answer these. What is ultimately the most important thing in life to you? What do you want your life to 'stand for' or [...]

Whatever anyone does or says

"Whatever anyone does or says, I must be a good man. It is as if an emerald, or gold or purple, were always saying: ‘Whatever anyone does or says, I must be an emerald, and keep my own colour.’" - Marcus Aurelius   This is always a timely reminder. It again boils down to the [...]

Play it like a video-game

"Use only the appropriate actions of pursuit and avoidance; and even these lightly, and with gentleness and reservation. “ - Epictetus   Today, as I was planning my day’s activities, I wrote down a little list.   It included a bunch of things that I was hoping to get done during the day, some chores and also some [...]

Five-star rating

...and the memory of everything is rapidly buried in eternity - Marcus Aurelius Give yourself five stars for everything. Just today. Regardless of what else took place, if you were today wise enough to take a while to meditate, a while to walk or run, a while to read, a while to sit in the [...]

Meditate on your pain

"You don't love yourself enough. Or you'd love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for the dance, [...]