How Well Will You Die? – Letter 30

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 30 Seneca suggests helpful ways of thinking about how to die. When you get old you, no matter how fit and healthy you think you are, you’ll find that you start to have aches, Read More …

Give Advice, Selectively – Letter 29

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 28 Seneca describes why giving advice is important. As long as people want to hear it. You’ve been asking how our friend Marcellinus is doing. Well, I can’t tell you. This is because Read More …

Want Contentment? Don’t Travel, Use Reason – Letter 28

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 28 Seneca describes no matter how much you travel, you won’t be able to escape your thoughts. Lots of people travel to shake off gloomy thoughts. But you’ll find that no matter how far you Read More …

Good Character Is Invaluable – Letter 27

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 27 Seneca describes the importance of having a good character. You may ask why I’m giving you some advice, especially when I’m not perfect myself. No, before you say it, I’m not a Read More …

Three Simple Ideas To Peace and Contentment

Two books I’ve read recently have helped me to clarify my thoughts on where peace and contentment come from in our lives. These are, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön and Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner. In this post I’ll explore some of the ideas from these books. They don’t present many new ideas. Read More …