If you’ve been following my site the past five years, you will recognize the name of Ryan Holiday as being one of my favourite authors. His books on Stoicism have had a major influence on my way of thinking, The Obstacle is the Way, and Ego is the Enemy. On top of that, he compiled a free introductory series of reading to better understand stoicism. All of which are highly recommended.
An essential intent is both inspirational and concrete, both meaningful and measurable. Done right, an essential intent is one decision that settles one thousand later decisions. It’s like deciding you’re going to become a doctor instead of a lawyer. One strategic choice eliminates a universe of other options and maps a course for the next five, ten, or even twenty years of your life. Once the big decision is made, all subsequent decisions come into better focus.
Late night discovery while going through old posts: according to the Ulysses app, it would take over a day to read everything I have written since 2005.1 Over 400,000 words so far with many more to come.
It’s rather interesting how the ads on YouTube load instantly, but the actual video can have issues buffering; refresh the page, new ad loads right away, but not the video.
When One Direction first came out, I did my best to avoid listening to them as much as possible. Of course, that was virtually impossible while listening to the radio. I think I succeeded, however, because I couldn’t even name one of the members. So when I first saw Harry Styles perform on Saturday Night Live, and then his first single, I was a bit surprised to discover he was actually a member of One Direction.
A few months ago, my selection from BespokePost was titled Sanctuary. The main highlight of the box was a Turkish bath towel, that I thought would go well with the other Turkish bath towel I already had. Also included was a three-piece bathroom set made of concrete, which was something I lacked. The final item was something I was undecided about, but has quickly turned into a favourite of mine: palo santo incense sticks.
People travel for different reasons. Some travel for recreation, others to see new sights and meet new people, still others to get away from their jobs and homes, to loosen the festers that bind them to their everyday lives. The problem with modern travel is that we often take our everyday lives with us, in every way that is possible to do so. What kind of clothes will I need? What items can’t I do without? What will I read or watch? How will I stay in touch with family and friends? Should I take my iPod, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kindle, laptop?