Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Reminders

Observe

It is important to name things correctly. It is easy to infer, hard to know. Do not state that you know something to be true if you are not certain. Certainty is seldom found in this world. Even if you think you know what you just saw. We see so much in our age! Everything, […]

Grasping

Let the world come to you. No, this is not passive. Be you. Do you. Inch ever closer to your best you. These steps will cause you to cross paths with the people and things you need. You don’t have to wander off into the dark woods, hoping you will stumble upon these people, these […]

Acceptance

Lament not that you are not higher functioning. Celebrate that you function at all.

One Thing at a Time

In the performance of almost all projects, going slow is better than going fast. Embrace small steps. Be wary of giant leaps. Small progress has so much going for it: engagement, not completion, is what calms the mind. Slow and steady doesn’t merely win the race. It’s also a pace at which you can see […]

Run Free

“What use of mind a person gains if he casts no eye on what his neighbor has said, done, or thought, but looks only to what he himself is doing, to ensure that his own action must be just, and holy, and good in every regard. Do not look back to examine the black character […]

The Fight of Our Lives

“See, my children, resolute children / By those swarms upon our rear, we must never yield or falter / Ages back to ghostly millions, frowning there behind us urging / Pioneers! O pioneers!” -Walt Whitman, “Pioneers! O Pioneers!,” Drum Taps: The Complete Civil War Poems You would not have liked to live in the time […]

Fill the Tank

Coming back from illness and stress you want to return to baseline — but not so fast. You emptied your well. It must be refilled. Make few assessments; you haven’t been functioning at normal levels. Instead, rest. Stretch. Move. Drink water. Eat food. Read. Consume other art. Write without effort or expectation.

The Key

“When the ruling power within us is in harmony with nature, it confronts events in such a way that it always adapts itself readily to what is feasible and is granted to it. For it attaches its preference to no specific material; rather, it sets out to attain its primary objects, but not without reservation, […]

Self Regard

Remember that you like you.

Advantage: You

“On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use.” -Epictetus, The Enchiridion, X There is advantage in almost every trifle or trouble you encounter. Look for it!

An Antidote

The best immunization against anxiety is preparation.

So Lame

Let’s face it: you’re not good at being sick. Yet illness is, as you know, an opportunity. To practice acceptance. To let go of things you cannot or should not do. To give your body what it needs. And nothing more. Don’t fight it. Don’t fret. Don’t fear. Exert your influence over illness — drink […]

Expression

Speak when it’s your turn. Not before. And only if you have something to say. Sometimes there is a delay. This is perfectly OK.

Play Your Part

“Remember that you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the author chooses, — if short, then in a short one; if long, then in a long one. If it be his pleasure that you should enact a poor man, see that you act it well; or a cripple, or a ruler, […]

Action

Inspiration is created rather than found.

What is Going on Here?

“Rarely is a person seen to be in a bad way because he has failed to attend to what is happening in someone else’e soul, but those who fail to pay careful attention to the motions of their own souls are bound to be in a wretched state.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 3.8 Concern yourself with […]

Zzzzs

Diet. Exercise. Sleep. The triumvirate of good health. Of these, easily the most important is sleep. Of course, each one influences the other two — you aren’t going to sleep well if you eat trash and/or you stay sedentary — but without solid sleep you have little chance to avoid bad foods and you are […]

Mind-escape

We all need a mental anesthetic now and then. Some reach for … … bottles. … the cookie jar. … a remote control. By definition, in the moments when the need is so keen the alternatives contemplated are not of the so-called healthy variety. You can strive to meditate in these times. But you also […]

Pause Button

There is no problem that cannot be dropped, if only for a moment. It is the holding onto things that weighs one down. Think of your kettlebells. The longer you hold them, the heavier they feel. Their weight does not at any point change; it’s the amount of effort you have to expend to keep […]

The Answer

Whenever you question what you shall do remember what makes you feel most alive and least aware of everything else: the work. The writing. What absorbs you without draining you — the body gives you the results and your mind registers the score. Trust in this absolutely and actively shun all challengers who would otherwise […]