Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Books

Grit

One thing opponents observed about Jim Brown is that no matter how hard they tackled the great running back he always bounced up to his feet the same way, always ambled back to the huddle as if nothing much had happened.

Do the Work

Not feeling well? Hurting? Frustrated? Angsty? The cure might well be not in meditating or journaling or lighting incense and trying to become one with the universe but rather in just rolling up the proverbial shirtsleeves and doing the work.

The Intellectual Gymnasium

This morning between sets of deadlifts and overhead presses I pulled out my copy of The Manual for Living by Epictetus (Hallmark edition). I did this in response to a discussion during book club last night. We are reading The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy by David Robertson. In a chapter on the history of philosophy, […]

Grilling

If a man has frequent intercourse with others either for talk, or drinking together, or generally for social purposes, he must either become like them, or change them to his own fashion. For if a man places a piece of quenched charcoal close to a piece that is burning, either the quenched charcoal will quench […]

Choosing Meaning

As the world marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in January, I was, as it happens, reading Man’s Search for Meaning. In Part II of his classic, world-over bestseller Viktor Frankl tells the story of a man, a doctor, he counseled who felt deep despair following the death of his wife. The […]

Gratitude Review

I wrote recently — on November 17, 2019, to be specific — about a pet project I had undertaken pertaining to my gratitude practice. My goal was to make a more concerted effort to add to my gratitude journal (maintained on this site) each day. My aim was less about what or how much I […]

Achievement

There is a need for people knowing about their shadow, because there must be somebody who does not project. They ought to be in a visible position where they would be expected to project and unexpectedly they do not project! They can thus set a visible example which would not be seen if they were […]

Focus

Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” The Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice: “I don’t much care where—” The Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” Alice: “—so long as I get somewhere.” The Cat: “Oh, you’re […]

Responsibility

As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will undergo it and carry it through. The change must begin with one individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. As […]

Action

We are what we repeatedly do. -Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (1967)