5 Quotes From Marcus Aurelius to Help You During These Troubling Times

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Most people know about Marcus Aurelius from the movie Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe.

But that portrayal of the philosopher-emperor is but a glimpse of what the actual figure was like in real-life.

When he was only seventeen, then emperor Hadrian would come to respect and admire Marcus, calling him verissimus, meaning most true and truthful.

Despite all the stress and turmoil he must have faced as the most powerful man during some of history’s most turbulent times, he somehow managed to live a life of virtue.

He did not only write philosophy. He embodied it. If Socrates was the wisest man to ever live, then Marcus Aurelius was the most virtuous.

And his advice can helps us all during these troubling times that we must face right now.

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How has the Covid-19 Pandemic Impacted my Blogging Income?

This pandemic is turning into a recession.

The recent coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on every single aspect of our lives, blogging included.

That being said, here’s how things have been going for me in the past couple of weeks.

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Brick by Brick

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” Will Smith

They say patience is a virtue. They also say patience is not necessarily the ability to wait, but rather the manner in which you wait.

Truth be told, life is lived one day at a time. Novels are written one word at a time. You can only walk one step at a time.

Great walls are built one brick at a time.

We often desire change. We daydream about being and having and all that but we seldom act on those dreams. The distance seems impossibly long. Standing there, at the base of the mountain, contemplating having reached the peak, it feels as if daydreaming is all we can do. Continue reading

[REBLOG] 4 PARENTING STYLES: WHAT TYPE OF PARENT ARE YOU?

What Type of Parent are You

Dear reader,

Thank you for this question. First I want to explain the 4 parenting styles according to Psychology Today. Take this quiz to see which category you fall into.

4 Parenting Styles: What Type of Parent are You?

Permissive: The Friend

You love your children and want the best for them, and you trust them to do the right thing. You don’t like to set rules or enforce them and prefer to live in a spirit of harmony with them.

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We’re All Mad in Here

mad“Have I gone mad?”
“I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Even though most of the times you don’t feel like your’re mad, you feel different. It happens to all of us. Sometimes we feel like there’s an invisible wall between us and the rest of the world. We feel alone, we feel different, we feel as though we’re not good enough. And it’s difficult to accept this. Most of the times, people simply try to find comfort: in their art, in another person, in aimlessly wandering through life. Continue reading

There’s This One Rule of Success They Hardly Ever Talk About

There’s one rule of success in any area of life that I hardly ever talk about.

Wake up in the morning, stare at yourself in the mirror, and just laugh at how silly you look.

We tend to take things way too seriously. Most of the things that cause us stress now won’t even matter in a few days, let alone a year from now.

I have come to understand that we live passively presuming we’ll live forever. How else would you watch bad TV, talk to people you don’t like, or stay the same up until the moment life demands change.

Why would you do that?

Boredom and routine as your best friends, by the age of 35 you’ll be doing 95% of daily activities subconsciously.

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Be The Hero of Your Own Story

“We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.” — Brad Meltzer

The biggest problem people have is their belief that they shouldn’t have problems. They have this strange idealism that forces them to believe in fairy tales that can barely exist on paper, let alone in the real world.

Thus, hell is not a place, but rather a feeling you carry around with you. The sense of “not quite.” The bitter feeling of “almost” that fills up your days.

The idea that you are stuck on the fifth chapter of your story and can’t write a single sentence anymore. Your main character does not know he’s the hero yet. He’s yet to figure himself out, has yet to understand his greater purpose.

To most people, it’s as if some part of their soul is missing, and what’s left is condemned to forever miss that part. Continue reading