Directing my energy and asking what is worthwhile

One thing I struggle with when I contemplate what to direct all my creative energy towards, is how to do so in a manner that also contributes towards the greater good and a cause that is bigger than myself. I recently saw an example of this in the real world, where the CEO of TOMS…

Suffering through perspective

There’s a quote from Epictetus that, as of late, has really made an impression on me — and I’ve heard enough commentary on it that I think is worth extra meditation on and visualizing its application in all areas of my life. Epictetus said, We suffer not from the events in our lives, but from…

When words just won’t do

This morning I had a wonderful hike with my best mate at the nature center near Elm Creek — the air was crisp and clean, wispy high-altitude clouds lightly glazed the morning blue sky, and not a sound save for the sounds of two old dudes hiking through leaf-covered rock and dirt trails and yacking…

Oh weekend, what to do with you; finding structure in a structureless day

There’s something about the structure that a weekday provides — you wake up, you shower (unless you’re one of those nighttime shower people), have a quick breakfast, head off to work, do your work thing, have lunch, do more work, head home, have dinner, and then fill the rest of your evening with whatever’s left….

Caffeinated for the day, your move world

In one of my Stoic podcasts and in one of the PDFs I read, it talked about how when you wake up you shouldn’t lay there thinking about whether or not you should get up or just lay in bed enjoying the restful ness. Well, my mind has been in overdrive all night actively thinking…

Giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This American holiday (and holidays in general) tend to throw me off my routines — even routines that I’ve decided are to become my new norm. I didn’t make the time to do any of the four things that are on my list, well, save for blogging/journaling — and even that is…

Come out and play

This morning a friend of mine shared Apple’s new video with me — every holiday season they seem to come out with a new heartstring-tugging video that has subtle product placement within the little mini-movies that they release.  This year’s video snuck up on me — it wasn’t until I watched it a second time…

First steps

Over the past few days, I’ve been heavily contemplating, researching, and reading up on Stoicism and my blog posts have certainly made that apparent.  My apologies for the format in which they appear — it’s not at all meant to be me telling you about these things.  Instead, it’s really an internal conversation I’m having…