Mid-Year Reflection

“Freedom is the prize we are working for,” Seneca wrote, “not being a slave to anything—not to compulsion, not to chance events….show me a man who isn’t a slave.” Indeed, we have many masters.

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An Ode to Friendship

“Associate with those who will make a better man out of you. Welcome those whom you yourself can improve.” ~Seneca I may not always know (or remember) how I came to know most of the people in my life, but I do know why or how some acquaintances evolved into friendships. While reevaluating my social […]

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Flat-Ass Rules

“You’ve wandered all over and finally realized that you never found what you were after: how to live. Not in syllogisms, not in money, or fame, or self-indulgence. Nowhere. Then where is it to be found? In doing what human nature requires. How? Through first principles. Which should govern your intentions and your actions.” —Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

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Alive Time

“In many circumstances, we do not deal with our affairs in accordance with correct assumptions, but rather we follow thoughtless habit.” — Musonius Rufus One of the things I have learned over this past year is that I have way more control over how I spend my time, with whom I spend my time, and the […]

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Create Your Modus Operandi

For several years, I have been working on a purposeful modus operandi – my every day mode of operations – based on clear principles and values from which my every action descends. In short, bringing the practice of philosophy and ethics to all facets of everyday life; becoming a stickler for truth and honesty; and […]

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Courageous Leadership ACT III

“You cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.” ~Stephen Covey

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Courageous Leadership ACT II

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” ~C.S. Lewis

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