Quote – On Choosing To Be Offended

by Jack on July 20, 2014

Remember, being offended provides no objective indication of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.

It’s nothing more than a barometer of your own emotional control.

Have a great day!

- Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars"

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Philosophy – (Good)bye

by Jack on July 17, 2014

Wish goodbye to your loved ones like it were the *last* goodbye you were able to give them and perhaps the meeting/parting will go some way to being more emotionally significant.

Often, we only fully appreciate things once they are no longer accessible to us – consider that expression ‘to take for granted’.

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This is an idea I have adapted from the Stoic practice of imagining the things you love being taken away from you. Or put another way, just because you don’t think about it, doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Plus, sometimes that goodbye *will* be your last and you might not know this at the time. So in a way, it’s a… precaution.

Many of those who I have loved are not around anymore and I do not feel I showed them that I cared enough when they were.

Even years later, this is not easy to deal with – as I’m sure you know.

As an agnostic I do not draw comfort from some afterlife that offers a second chance at reunion. All evidence I’ve turned up seems to suggest that when they’re gone, they’re gone. As will I be, one day.

And so I hope not to make the same mistake with those who I am privileged to still have around me today.

TLDR: don’t forget to appreciate people in both your thoughts and actions – you won’t have the opportunity to do so forever.

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“When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.” ~ Khalil Gibran

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Aphorism – On Hope

by Jack on July 15, 2014

If you lose hope, you might lose everything else

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Poem – What Now?

June 28, 2014

Once the first hit passesAll the others are in vainYour past, completeYour future, unresolvedAnd perhaps some far off day You die chasing dragons   photo by: paul bica

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Quote – Busy Lives

June 24, 2014

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~ Socrates photo by: eblaser

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Idea – Your thoughts are hypotheses

June 22, 2014

And that is all photo by: jenniferphoon

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Poem – Such Convictions

June 2, 2014

Nothing more insidious than the possession Of the things you never had Nothing more than a realisation, Over-reaching into memories Fondly recalling That which never existed photo by: Augusto De Luca – Napoli

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Idea – Gathering Your Material

May 31, 2014

Observe life keenly enough and you too can be a poet, comedian, watercolour painter. Everything can be material. Everything can be inspiration. It’s all how you look at it. photo by: State Library and Archives of Florida

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Aphorism – On Networking

May 16, 2014

Don’t confuse a relationship with a transaction. photo by: Nik Cyclist

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