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“Dear Mom and Dad, thank you for the hard lessons. Thank you for creating me. Thank you for being who you were or weren’t to me.” Read on: Dear Mom and Dad, Thank You for the Years of Trauma – Tiny Buddha
Just an exploration of ideas and topics, which hopefully inspires, resonates and entertains. Einzelgänger provides analyses, reflections, and elaborations with a dose of “as I see it.” The purpose of the material provided by Einzelgänger is to entertain, inspire, resonate and share the love of ideas with others. This isn’t a clinical/medical service or replacement of mental health professionals, nor an academic resource. Source: Einzelgänger
Rewriting the stories you tell about yourself can make for a better future. Source: How to Make the Baggage of Your Past Easier to Carry
In the last millennium, there was a character on SNL called Father Guido Sarducci and one of his favorite thoughts was the 5-Minute University. Watch here…
While humorous, there’s great truth in that concept. In a similar fashion, Brian Johnson has applied this concept to some of the world’s great books. He calls them philosopher’s notes and they are available at no cost on his site http://optimize.me — you only need to create a free account to access them. Here’s an example:
Here’s an audio commentary on Marcus Aurelius’ meditations as an example. There’s a video, audio and text version (see below) of every Philosopher’s Note and Brian always delivers on his tagline: more wisdom in less time.
I don’t know why I find this so humorous but I do!
“Epictetus wrote, “So, what should each of us say to every trial we face? This is what I’ve trained for, this is my discipline!” Hey, a boxer who gets punched in the face won’t leave the ring, it’s what he prepared for, it’s his discipline.
There’s a lot to be learned from the thinking of the ancient philosophers called stoics. Here is one example…
Last night’s cold open delivered a barrage of punch lines about how principles from the Middle Ages are serving as the legal precedent for contemporary life. Source: ‘SNL’ Gives a Sharp, Frustrated Take on Abortion Rights
If you can prevent your emotions from taking over in the face of stress, you can avoid a lot of regret and set a good example for others. Source: Never Freak Out
What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important. Learn how to tell the difference and how to manage it here: How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time Wasting Activities by Using the “Eisenhower Box”
I’ve been using Twitter for well over a decade and last Sunday morning, I read the first tweet that made me sob:
How can this be happening in this day and age when people can livestream the atrocities as they are found and here we sit, doing nothing.
Last night I stumbled across ‘Servant of the People‘ on Netflix. Volodymyr Zelensky’s story could not be more bizarre if it had been scripted by Hollywood (unfamiliar? I refer you to the Wikipedia article). You’ll get a feel for ‘Servant of the People’ from this trailer…
I don’t know what images Ukraine brings to mind, but if you’re like most Americans you didn’t know much about it until the Russian invasion started. As you can see from the trailer above, this is a beautiful, peaceful country that is now being raped by a madman.
Zelensky may have been a comic before he ascended to office, but there’s nothing comical about the situation now. Click the image below to see the damage and learn more about the invasion and war crimes.
We ask ourselves hypotheticals all the time like if I were a German during WWII, would I have stood up for the Jews. The question today is not hypothetical: will you stand up for Ukrainians? Here is a link to information about the ways you can support Ukraine now.
The “Great Resignation” isn’t really about rejecting work—it’s about redefining one’s sense of self. Source: What You Find When You Leave Your Job
I love soccer due in large part to watching this guy play for the past 12 years. Watch it and you’ll understand why!
We underestimate the stupid, and we do so at our own peril. Source: The Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity
It’s easy in our society to get caught up in the thick of thin things like ‘the slap’. This morning Margaret Brennan interviewed Vlodomir Zelensky on Face the Nation and I felt like I had a slap in the face.
Full interview with transcript here.