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Are You Navigating Life with a Map or a Compass? personal development stoicism May 11, 2018

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius

In an age that seems to reward certainty and confidence, it's tempting to look for a map. The shortest, fastest, and easiest way to get where you want to go (or worse, where others...

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Getting Out of Your Own Way (By Getting Out of Your Own Head) personal development stoicism May 07, 2018

We spend a lot of time in our own heads. Probably more than is healthy. And much of this narrative is feeding questionable agendas and assumptions about ourselves, our situation, and those who surround us.

Piercing the veil of our self-fulfilling self-talk is an exercise worth doing more...

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Creative On Purpose
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Cemetery Run onward excerpts personal development stoicism May 03, 2018

Several years ago, my wife and I sold the farm where we raised fruit, vegetables, chickens, pets, our two sons, and more than a few eyebrows. Our boys, now grown and gone, we moved to town.

Days later, I came within a few inches of being hit by a car on my daily run.

The irony was obvious. Just a...

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Is Enough, Enough? personal development May 01, 2018

Humans are complicated. Can we agree on that? What other creature is capable of holding two diametrically opposed ideas in their head at the same time and simultaneously hold each to be true and still function?

Some people believe the earth is actually flat and still go onround the...

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Love, Art, & Tranquility personal development stoicism Apr 27, 2018
Gratitude is baked into many of the reflections Marcus Aurelius wrote in his journal. What I love about this quote, is that it reminds me that art is any work that matters. Acts done with intention and done to enhance the lives of others. Art is music, painting, and fiction for sure. But art is...
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Where Empathy Begins personal development Apr 23, 2018

Of all the lessons I’ve learned (and continue to learn), the biggest have intersected with my struggle with understanding and employing empathy. A struggle I only began coming to terms with when I added a chapter on it to The Stoic Creative Handbook.

The punchline, or rather the truth as I...

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Don't Play Small personal development Apr 21, 2018

Marianne Williamson's quote is a compelling call for us to tap into our curiosity and courage and live bigger and in service to others. It lets us know that we are enough as we are while reminding us that we have unfulfilled promise to develop and deliver.

"Your playing small does not serve the...

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10 Life Lessons Learned on Stage creativity personal development Apr 16, 2018

I've earned my living from playing music on stages large and small. Sometimes for festival audiences of thousands, sometimes to the sound of one fan clapping in a small club. Along the way, I learned a few lessons that inspire and inform other life endeavors. Here are my top 10 lessons learned...

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The Good Life personal development stoicism Apr 14, 2018

Marcus Aurelius was the last of the “good emperors” of the Roman Empire. A man who stood above questioning who questioned himself daily. Marcus’ reminders to himself about the importance of virtue and justice inspire me and many others to this day.

“To live the good life....
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Curiosity Is Not Weakness (Nor Deadly) personal development Apr 09, 2018

I love to learn. Don’t you?

The world is full of mystery and wonder, and I am surrounded by people dedicated to developing themselves and doing good in the world. It’s all so fascinating and inspiring.

And of course, there’s plenty of suffering and cause for concern out there...

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Is It Time to Say "Goodbye?" personal development Apr 03, 2018

"Is it time to say 'Goodbye?'"

I ask this question often since the arrival of spring. It's really powerful for "pruning" unnecessary clutter from my life and helping me be more "present" for the work and people in my life that matter.

"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then,
is not an...

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Feelings Vs. Emotions personal development Mar 31, 2018

Although the words emotions and feelings are often used interchangeably, they are very different beasts. Feelings and emotions should not be confused. Emotions precede feelings, both in evolutionary development and in your daily life. However, while emotional responses are instinctual,...

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