Thinking About Our Friendships

I am always saddened by how challenging adult friendships can be. Once you begin working 40 hours a week, have to deal with a commute, and have a household to look over, keeping up with friends and getting out to do things with friends becomes nearly impossible. I enjoy being able to own a home, … Continue reading Thinking About Our Friendships

On Our Relationship With Things

I have written quite a bit about minimalism in the way that The Minimalists approach the idea of having less stuff. The more things you have, the more time you have to spend organizing, maintaining, and working with your stuff. It takes time to earn enough money to make purchases, to afford the storage space … Continue reading On Our Relationship With Things

Staying Humble Out of the Spotlight

"I write this not for the many, but for you; each of us is enough of an audience for the other." Seneca wrote in one of his letters captured in the book Letters From a Stoic. This quote was at the heart of yesterday's post, but it is only one part of a larger post … Continue reading Staying Humble Out of the Spotlight

Going Big VS Having a Small Audience

Focusing our efforts on a single person is not something we are really rewarded for doing today, but it is something that has a strong emotional pull for us. We spend a lot of our time writing things for mass audiences every time we tweet, put up a Facebook post, or throw a photo on … Continue reading Going Big VS Having a Small Audience

You Are Not Just Yourself

"Much harm is done by a single case of indulgence or greed," Seneca wrote in a letter saved in the book Letters From a Stoic, "the familiar friend, if he be luxurious, weakens and softens us imperceptibly; the neighbor, if he be rich, rouses our covetousness; the companion, if he be slanderous, rubs off some … Continue reading You Are Not Just Yourself

The Torment of the Past and Future

Our brains and the way we think about the world are basically our real world super power. We are able to predict what is going to happen five minutes from now, five hours from now, and five days from now. We can remember loads of information from our past and synthesize that information in new … Continue reading The Torment of the Past and Future

Lets Consider Our Standards for Life

In Letters From a Stoic┬áSeneca writes, "Let us try to maintain a higher standard of life than that of the multitude, but not a contrary standard; otherwise, we shall frighten away and repel the very persons whom we are trying to improve."   On an initial quick read, this quote seems to be saying, live … Continue reading Lets Consider Our Standards for Life