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Thoughts, Prayers, AND Gun Control

Thoughts, Prayers, AND Gun Control

Following the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, many people shared that their thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the shooting and their families. On one hand, I believe thoughts and prayers are important. I know that when I’m going through a difficult time, it...
On Loan

On Loan

The Stoic philosopher Epictetus talked a lot about the importance of differentiating between what was inside of our control, and what was outside of our control. He had a very limited view of what was inside of our control—basically our thoughts, feelings, and...
Action and Acceptance

Action and Acceptance

Sometimes I struggle with the paradox of action and acceptance. I know action is important. When I’m struggling with something, or want something to be different in my life, it’s important to DO SOMETHING. Taking concrete steps to change your behavior is one of the...
What is Up To Us

What is Up To Us

One of the key tenets in Stoic philosophy involves the following phrase: “ta eph’hemin, ta ouk eph’hemin,” which translates to “what is up to us, what is not up to us.” The Stoics thought this was a key distinction, and the idea is often repeated in the writings of...
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