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It Costs What It Costs

When I first moved to New York, I had dinner with a friend who had lived there a long time. The thing about the city, he told me, is that everything is so expensive, it’s almost freeing. His apartment rented for half of what I would later buy an entire farm for. He was in the middle of planning a wedding in the city, too. In any sane environment, he...

Moderation Is the Highest Form of Greatness. Here’s Why.

You can preorder signed copies of my new book Lives of the Stoics here. This is not a political argument. But it says something about our politics right now that the right in America is convinced that Joe Biden is a radical leftist, while the progressive left holds up their collective nose at his unacceptable reputation as an establishment Democrat,...

10 Ways to Find Stillness in Turbulent Times

Perhaps it takes something as crazy as the world right now to understand what that word stillness means. Intuitively, instinctively, when we hear it—especially right now—we know the importance of stillness.  The quiet. The confidence. The gratitude and happiness. The beauty. The ability to step back and reflect. Being steady while everything spins...

Welcome to Life. There Are Only Hard Facts and Harder Decisions.

One thing this pandemic has shown is that people have a problem facing facts.  I don’t mean facts in the sense of the scientific data, although that’s clearly a problem as well judging by the litany of conspiracy theories that have become acceptable even in polite company.  I mean “facts” in the more colloquial sense—of coming to terms with reality...

10 Books That Will Blow Your Mind

In a book that changed my life, Marcus Aurelius thanks his mentor for introducing him to the book that changed his life.  One person passing along brilliant writing to another: it’s a tradition as old as time. You may even already be a part of that tradition. You may have been introduced to a life-changing book by a friend or a family member. But...

10 Books That Will Blow Your Mind

In a book that changed my life, Marcus Aurelius thanks his mentor for introducing him to the book that changed his life.  One person passing along brilliant writing to another: it’s a tradition as old as time. You may even already be a part of that tradition. You may have been introduced to a life-changing book by a friend or a family member. But...

9 Short Quotes That Changed My Life and Why

Like a lot of people, I try to collect words to live by. Most of these words come from reading, but also from conversations, from teachers, and from everyday life. As Seneca, the philosopher and playwright, so eloquently put it: We should hunt out the helpful pieces of teaching and the spirited and noble-minded sayings which are capable of immediate...

How to Have the Best Week Ever

Life is short, so it matters how you spend it. As Seneca points out, “We are not given a short life, but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.” A minute is long if you know how to use it. A week is plenty of time if you don’t waste it. So that’s what the Stoics thought so much about: How to break down and organize their...

How to Have the Best Week Ever

Life is short, so it matters how you spend it. As Seneca points out, “We are not given a short life, but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.” A minute is long if you know how to use it. A week is plenty of time if you don’t waste it. So that’s what the Stoics thought so much about: How to break down and organize their...

It’s Not About Routine, but About Practice

In a world where everything is uncertain. Where things are changing quickly.  Where chaos reigns.  And very little is under our control. What we need is simple.  It’s something that human beings have needed for all time—whether they were kings or artists, parents or farmers, senators or soldiers.  We need practices. What I’m not talking about...

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