All or Nothing – Letter 22

  In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. I think you understand by now that it’s important to spend time reflecting on your purpose in life, your values and what matters. From this reflection should come plans. Don’t make these plans to Read More …

Letter 21. Don’t be your own barrier to success

  In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 21. Don’t be your own barrier to success Don’t be your own barrier to success. And the main barrier to success is not having a purpose in life. If this is unclear then Read More …

Letter 20. Model the Way

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 20. Model the Way Let your actions speak louder than words when you are on your journey to becoming the best possible person you can be. Don’t get grumpy by, what in the grand Read More …

Reflections on Stoic Week 2015

As I worked through each day in Stoic Week 2015 I jotted down some thoughts. These were a quick and dirty stream of consciousness, my ideas and musings. The themes of each day unfolded, and I wrote. I found this exercise to be helpful in clarifying the suggested daily exercises. Reading these back, you could Read More …

Guide to the Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy

William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (2009) is one of the best-selling and most immediately accessible introductions to Stoic philosophy. It’s one I recommend to people who are new to Stoicism and want to learn more about it. I do, however, advise you to read The Antidote by Read More …

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 …