Letter 19. When Retired: Remain Sharp and Select Friends Wisely

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 19. When Retired: Remain Sharp and Select Friends Wisely You’ve spent your whole life working in a career where the opinions of others influenced your success. When you retire don’t exert any effort into attempting to Read More …

Letter 18. Practice Self-Control

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 18. Practise Self-Control As the year comes to a close, people tend to hold extended celebrations, follow social routines and get lost in activity. The question is, do you change your daily schedule and join in, or not? Read More …

Letter 17. Change the way you think to be truly rich

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 17. Change the way you think to be truly rich Don’t wait until sometime in the future to start practicing philosophy. The temptation is to wait until you are financially secure or have reached a pre-defined Read More …

Letter 16. Reflect and act

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 16. Reflect and act It’s important to have a lifelong passion for improving yourself. Reflecting each day on your actions and behaviours, while important, is not as critical as actually making positive changes. Do this Read More …

Letter 15. Brain First, Body Second

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 15. Brain First, Body Second Having a philosophy of life allows you to train your mind as though you would train your body. If you don’t have one then it’s a little like doing no Read More …

Letter 14. Get the basics right

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 14. Get the basics right Don’t obsess over your health or looks. Leading a healthy life is a balance, you don’t have to try to look like a body-builder or a cover model. Of course it’s Read More …

Letter 13. Trust your own judgment

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 13. Trust your own judgment The difficulties that life throws at us gives us the opportunity to deal with our thoughts in a rational way. Thoughts are the only things we can control. We can’t control Read More …

Letter 12. ​Embrace age and its benefits

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 12. Embrace age and its benefits I’m feeling my age; memories are fading and gone are the days where I can act on impulse. If I do this now it hurts too much. Even tough structures Read More …

Letter 10. ​Respect the opinion of others

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 10. Respect the opinion of others I trust you to be by yourself. In other words I mean that I think you can behave reasonably without supervision. Try applying this idea to the people you know. If Read More …

Letter 11. ​Accept involuntary responses

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 11. Accept involuntary responses Is it possible to have complete control of your emotions, at all times? To look and act as though nothing is bothering you? I don’t believe that it is. No matter Read More …