Letters from two stoics RSS

Imagine for a moment you have a toolbox. Now to have a toolbox without tools would be silly so think about what tools you'd select to fill said box. If you're like me I'm sure you've started with the basics. A screwdriver, a wrench, maybe a knife and then maybe a few more specialised tools depending on your craft. Now it would stand to reason that for every task we would need to complete we would take a moment to assess the task and select the relevant tools. Sometimes more than one tool will do the job, for example we...

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Raymond kneels to the ground, a pistol pushed to the back of his head.  After snatching and fumbling through the contents of his wallet Tyler discovers an expired college card.  It becomes apparent that Raymond had studied biology at college before dropping out “What did you want to be Raymond?” “A vetenarian a vetenarian!” he exclaims. Like most people his hopes and dreams fell beside the wayside, now here he was kneeling in the rear carpark of a run down convenience store with the threat of death looming imminently. Suddenly things take a turn for the peculiar. “I’m keeping your licence I know where you...

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The Clown with a thousand faces The Persona is how we present ourselves to the world, as does the clown with a thousand faces. Like the clown, we all wear many different social masks day to day in life; among various groups or situations to fit the social or cultural norms or perhaps be more socially in desirable - to fit in or potentially be something we are not. These masks allow us to adapt to the world around us; Jung said they were “designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other...

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Take a second to visualise a Chinese circus artist. He galavants around the circus planting poles into the ground and on them he places a plate which he skillfully spins. Plate after plate he spins and the more he does so the more the audience is wow'ed, the louder they applaud and the acrobat continues to flow effortlessly around the circus spinning more and more plates. Of course the acrobat is skilled in his craft and therefore knows his limit. He knows how many plates he can spin before it becomes unmanagable. Now try and relate this to every day...

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Conviction Are driven by the fear of failing or the will to succeed?   From an outward perspective both drivers are in hope of obtaining a singular goal, it is only internally that we can truly see the source. It may seem obvious when addressed; can you expect to fully gain from a given situation without fully providing the input. Focusing on the win, the result or maybe the perfect delivery; you may relate to the internal comment, “I need to do this!”. How can you expect anything less from what you provide; if at the exact moment you should be...

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