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Confucius

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Acceptance / harmony / Philosophy / politics / Serenity prayer

The Philosophy discussion group that I facilitate considered Confucius last week. Who would have thought that the topic would be so relevant – the 70th anniversary of Communism in China and the unrest in Hong Kong? Some of the comments that came out of the discussion included: ‘Confucius spoke of unity but what we see in China today is uniformity’; ‘it is so difficult to examine an Eastern Philosophy when we (in the group) all […]

Let’s Talk Philosophy: Seneca

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Philosophy / Seneca / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized / wise quotes

Today our U3A Group looked at Lucius Annaeus Seneca. He was born in 4BC and died in 65AD. He was a Roman Philosopher known for his Stoic philosophy. He was also a Statesman and Magistrate.  Stoics get their name from Stoa (below) where they met and discussed their ideas. The dictionary definition of Stoicism is ‘An Ancient Greek School of Philosophy which taught that it is wise to remain indifferent to changes of fortune and […]

Unhelpful Thinking Styles

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Acceptance / depression / forgiveness / Gratitude / Self acceptance / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized

Lately I keep catching myself thinking about some unpleasant things from the past (I am sure we all have them). The other day I objectively looked at it and realised that my thoughts were 40 years in the past! I keep reminding myself to look forward and not backwards. Even better if I can spend my time in the present moment. Last Semester I ran a course for U3A called Retired:Now What? As part of that […]

The passionate idealism of youth

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Meaning of life and that stuff / Motivation / Passion / Serenity prayer

How can I recapture the enthusiasm I once had to make a difference in the world? Have I changed and become complacent with my good fortune. I remember times when I was younger when I really believed in something – I put all my energies towards making a difference. Perhaps I was idealistic. Today I have the time and the resources to do something worthwhile but cannot seem to capture the passion I used to […]

Consumers matter

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Acceptance / Serenity prayer / Wisdom too late / You must be kidding?

It has been an interesting year in dealing with purchases and repairs. 1. Washer/dryer was four years old and stopped working properly. Fortunately I had an extended warranty and was given a full refund and then purchased a new washer and dryer. 2. Vacuum cleaner stopped working – out of warranty. I rang the interstate company for advice and they were able to tell me how to reset its computer settings (on a vacuum cleaner?) […]

Our inability to control everything

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emotions / Gratitude / Serenity prayer / Wisdom

Some days I worry about what might go wrong and then I remember that I cannot control everything around me. Even when I plan everything perfectly there is usually something that can throw me off course. When I remind myself of the limits on what I can control, I am able to let go, be more relaxed, and go with the flow. Today I spoke with two people with situations way beyond their control. The […]