Patience

“Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength” Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Given the rapid rate technology evolves in delivering speed and the high demand and premium placed on acquisition, more and more individuals are growing impatient.  Patience with oneself, others, and external events is essential in maintaining equanimity.   Continue reading “Patience”

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Obstacles as Blessings

“The impediment to action advances action.  What stands in the way is the way.” –Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Modern social conventions influence fears, desires, pleasures, and pains.  As humans there are things we want and desire as well as things we seek to obtain to give us pleasure.  On the other side, we avoid fears and are averse to pain.  However, part of stoic philosophy teaches that through use of our reason we are able to control our reactions and thoughts we give to events and situations that occur outside of our control.   Continue reading “Obstacles as Blessings”

A Good Life

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” – Bruce Lee

Happiness, purpose, and fulfillment is not one size fits all.  There is too much variety among us as human beings to identify one definition of a good life or a life well-lived.  Many pursue wealth and reputation as a means to attain happiness; others pursue moral and ethical development as another path to attain happiness and equanimity.  So, in a manner to some degree all of us seek happiness as the final aim to living.   Continue reading “A Good Life”