Daily stoic view events objectively

If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgement about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgement now. But if anything in your own disposition gives you pain, who hinders you from correcting your opinion? And even if you are pained because you are not doing some particular thing that seems to you to be right, why do you not rather act than complain?

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Natural disaster, terrorists attacks or even people being cut due to redundancy. You can control how you feel and Dont get too hung up because these are not things you can control.
Focus on things you have control over.


Daily stoic Nov 10th Things are always the same

Think by way of example on the times of Vespasian, and you’ll see all these things: marrying, raising children, falling ill, dying, wars, holiday feasts, commerce, farming, flattering, pretending, suspecting, scheming, praying that others die, grumbling over one’s own lot, falling in love, amassing fortunes, lusting after office and power. Now that life of theirs is dead and gone . . . the times of Trajan, again the same . . .

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4.32

We will just come and go, just like millions of people living a life of human being. Knowing that, it’s either you become exceptional or be just the normal people who go through life just like that.

Zen’s precept for PM on virtues

The human being is born with an inclination toward virtue.”
~ Musonius Rufus, Lectures, 2.7.1-2

I think of Chinese saying every one born good. 人之初,性本三字經 san zi jing

I came from Nan Hua Secondary school. Then I realised that in this school, taught me the basic virtues to get through life. These eight virtues imprint in my brain and I started to connect the dots. What I was exposed in school form the foundation of my actions.

“Virtue is not simply theoretical knowledge, but it is a practical application as well…So a man who wishes to become good not only must be thoroughly familiar with the precepts which are conducive to virtue but must also be earnest and zealous in applying these principles.” – Musonius Rufus, Lectures.

The above passage states that you need to form a habit to enable the practice of virtue. This is something that you can control. Similarly, I realised that the ritual that Confucius practiced are just habits.

This is easier said than done. I am still trying. Do you?

Character is fate

“Each person acquires their own character, but their official roles are designated by chance. You should invite some to your table because they are deserving, others because they may come to deserve it.”—SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 47.15b

My ex-colleague left old company for appleafter being headhunt

She interviewed a few and based on judgement of character she hire the guys.

character is a far better measure of a man or woman. Not just for jobs, but for friendships, relationships, for everything. When you seek to advance your own position in life, character is the best lever — perhaps not in the short term, but certainly over the long term. And the same goes for the people you invite into your life.”-Ryan Holiday

Attaining the talent triangle skills, with style

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