Life is no “brief candle” to me


This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

Life is no “brief candle” to me.

It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

-George Bernard Shaw

The obstacle is the way


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Everyone is desperate for something. And that’s where their weakness is.

Whether desperate for a mate, a job, a car, shoes, sex, or simply control over everything…this is where our weakness is, because this is what lowers our quality of life.

Desperation is anxiety that gnaws at your happiness. It distracts you from the things going on in your life. Anxiety degrades your immune system and ages your body prematurely.

But a little desperation?…That will motivate. It prevents complacency, and poverty, and loneliness. It drives you to GET SOME…to support yourself, to get the income you deserve and the beautiful relationships that make life worth living.

Ryan Holiday said, “The obstacle is the way.” Where is your obstacle…that leaves you wanting, but never satisfied? This is your way to satisfaction. Sounds like a silly paradox, but it’s not.

What’s silly is not addressing what ails you.

Which is the focus? Your Flesh, Breath, or Mind?



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“Whatever this is that I am, it is a little flesh, and breath, and the ruling part. Throw away your books; no longer distract yourself: it is not allowed; Instead, as if you were dying right now, despise your flesh. It is blood and bones and a network of nerves, veins, and arteries.

See the breath also, what kind of a thing it is, air, and not always the same air, but every moment sent out and again sucked in.

Finally, thereĀ is the ruling part: consider this: You are an old man; no longer let the mind be a slave, no longer be pulled by the strings like a puppet to selfish impulses, no longer either be dissatisfied with your present lot, or shrink from the future.”

-Marcus Aurelius (from Meditations)

Follow me and I will take you away from the everyday.

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