Attitude is Everything – Letter 34

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 34 Seneca discusses the importance of having the right attitude. I can’t tell you how happy I am, its as though I’m young again! This is because of the wonderful progress you’re making. You’ve Read More …

Make Constant Progress – Letter 32

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 32 Seneca discusses why its important to constantly progress towards being virtuous. I’ve asked after you. I want to keep an eye on what activities you’re spending your time on. And, of course, Read More …

Stay Focused and Trust in Yourself – Letter 31

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 31 Seneca discusses the need to stat focused on what’s important. And believe that you have all the ability you need to improve yourself. I commend your efforts to date to become a virtuous Read More …

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 …

Death is Inevitable, Aging isn’t – Letter 26

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 26 Seneca describes how to approach death and aging. I was telling you recently that I started to feel old. On second thoughts, I don’t even consider myself as old. That is now Read More …

Listen to Role Models for Advice – Letter 25

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 25 Seneca describes how role models can help you to live a virtuous life. It’s important to have role models. Not the sort of vacuous celebrity role models who appear is trashy magazines. Or worse still, Read More …

Suffering, Death, and Routine – Letter 24

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 24 Seneca describes Death, Routine and Suffering. Suffering – life is full of it. And pain can be just around the corner. You don’t know what each day will bring. Some of these issues Read More …