Summary of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

I find no fault in these thoughts; in fact, I find great wisdom, encouragement and comfort.

Orangutan driving golf cart like in The Sopranos

I don’t know why I find this so humorous but I do!

This is what I’ve trained for, this is my discipline!

“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.

Source: “The Little Book of Stoicism” Quotes – Ben Rosenfeld

Sam Elliott pays tribute to SGT Ray Lambert on the 2019 National Memorial Day Concert

This is why and how we honor our soldiers.

Steve Kerr Delivers Powerful Message After Mass Shooting At Elementary School

What will it take, America? A basketball coach? Ok, here you go…

MIT Has Predicted that Society Will Collapse in 2040

Will they be right?

When Life Hurts, Stop Clinging to It: The Philosophy of Epictetus

There’s a lot to be learned from the thinking of the ancient philosophers called stoics. Here is one example…

‘SNL’ Gives a Sharp, Frustrated Take on Abortion Rights

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

Think different

Bathe your mind in this thinking…

Never Freak Out

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

How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time Wasting Activities by Using the “Eisenhower Box”

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”

Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukraine #slavaukraini #heroiamslava

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.

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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.

Bonus material

What You Find When You Leave Your Job

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

Top 10 Typical Thomas Müller Goals

I love soccer due in large part to watching this guy play for the past 12 years. Watch it and you’ll understand why!

The Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity

We underestimate the stupid, and we do so at our own peril. Source: The Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity

F*ck ‘the slap’. Fight the slaughter! #buchamassacre #slavaukraini

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.

Later, I came across this…
And finally this…

Full interview with transcript here.

The Slap via @charlesmblow

Of all the opinions I’ve heard in the past week, I find this one the most useful in understanding why I was so disturbed by what I saw.

Blow said “I saw an expression of toxic masculinity how men too often… profess to protect the vulnerable with violence when in fact they’re animated by their own fragility”. To this I simply say ‘yes’.

Why People Are Acting So Weird

Crime, “unruly passenger” incidents, and other types of strange behavior have all soared recently. Why? Source: Why People Are Acting So Weird

The Body as a Vessel for Living via @zenhabits

Leo Babauta says “something I’ve noticed is that we spend a lot of our lives wrapping our identity in our bodies. If our body is something we’re proud of, we feel really good about ourselves … but much more often, it’s a sense that something is wrong with us because our bodies don’t hit some ideal.” Go to the Source: The Body as a Vessel for Living – zen habits

The Most Eye Opening 10 Minutes Of Your Life via @BreneBrown

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Braving the Wilderness.

7 surprising benefits of sleep for your health, mood and relationships

Getting decent shut-eye boosts our bodies and brains, but did you know about these lesser-known benefits of sleep? Source: 7 surprising benefits of sleep for your health, mood and relationships

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