A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin Finished: August 16th, 2017. Rating: 8/10 Plot Synopsis: “A young, naive but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality, he is Aegon Targaryen, and one […]
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine Finished: July 30th, 2017. Rating: 8/10 Overall Thoughts: Is this book a guide to the good life? Yes. Check out the Amazon page. Notes: Stoicism is not about the death of emotions. It’s about the death of destructive ones. Seneca the Younger, one of the four major figures in Stoicism (others being Gais Musonius […]
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard Finished: July 31st, 2017. Rating: 8/10 Overall Thoughts: Roosevelt’s expedition exposed the horrors people commit when desperate, but it also revealed the vigor one can hold when dying. The River of Doubt is about endurance, discipline, and determination. It is a story of, as Roosevelt would put it, “labor and strife . . . toil and effort.” That is the core. […]
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Finished: July 21st, 2017. Rating: 9/10 Overall Thoughts: If you need to borrow strength, this is the book you read. Beaten down by life? Read it. Have trouble adjusting to a new environment? Read it. Do rude people piss you off? Read it. Meditations was written by Marcus Aurelius and for Marcus Aurelius. It was his journal. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors of Rome, and […]
There is an obstacle, an opponent, holding you back. Pushing you to the ropes. Beating you to the ground. This opponent stands over you. It feels insurmountable. It feels unstoppable. And, worst of all, it feels perpetual. When you push back, it resists. When you regain footing, it pushes forward. When you break, it stands strong. It cannot be stopped. But does that matter? Get after it anyway. What reward is there for the one who […]
We will all be attacked. Physically, we have martial arts to defend ourselves. But emotionally? What do we have? How do you recover when a loved one dies? When your significant other is not the person you thought they were, how do you move on? When a failed exam or a lost job opportunity rips your career aspirations away, how do you continue? With Stoicism.
Note: After writing this post, I spent 2 weeks studying writing and another week rewriting this post. I have added a revised version of this post, but I chose to keep this first draft so you could see the improvements I made with the second draft. “Who then is invincible? The one who cannot be upset by anything outside their reasoned choice.” – Epictetus, Discourses, 1.18.21 Our thoughts control our mind, […]