All posts filed under: Wisdom

Seeking Wisdom

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Philosophy / Wisdom

Recently I have been exploring many avenues seeking wisdom. I have studied (with a small group of other interested folks) Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche (not in any great depth, I might add!) From there I spent some time in October studying the Stoics – Seneca again, Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus. Following on from there we leapt a few centuries to consider Karl Marx and Mary Wollstonecraft. We finished up with a quick look […]

Life’s surprises are not always welcome

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Acceptance / emotions / Friends and family / Self acceptance / Uncategorized / Wisdom

As I look back over my life there are probably a dozen incidents or more that were a significant blow to my equilibrium. The sort that makes everything else seem petty and unimportant. I am sure that we all experience these things from time to time. My first experience I remember was when my school friend’s father died. He worked at our school and was very popular with all the kids. It was my first […]

More Notable Quotes

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Quotes / Wisdom

I hope you enjoy these quotes from Notable Quotes published by World Book Encyclopedia , Inc. Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking. H.L. Mencken Your conscience is what your mother told you before you were six years old. Dr.G. Brock Chisholm Courage is fear that has said its prayers. Karle Baker Men learn while they teach. Seneca In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an […]

Transitions take time …

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Acceptance / Baby Boomers / Meaning of life and that stuff / Uncategorized / Wisdom

I gave up full time work six years ago and I am still adjusting to the changes brought about by that decision. Many, many times I dreamed I was back at work – usually late and a bit lost – people had moved around and I couldn’t find them. This week I dreamed my old boss fired me! I was actually pleased, especially when he gave me a cheque for $14,000 (only in my dream)! […]

Wise Words

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Uncategorized / Wisdom

I saw this quote on Facebook and I think it  suggests a well balanced approach to life. However, I haven’t always followed this guidance and sometimes I reaped the negative consequences the quote suggests. I have tended to do almost anything for peace and harmony in my life but now I realise I mustn’t lose myself in the process. Some lessons take a life time to learn. I hope I am not being naive in […]

Assertive or aggressive?

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Mindfulness / Wisdom

I have never been very good at dealing with conflict. I just don’t like it! Never-the-less, we are sometimes caught in situations where we either give in too easily on the one hand or, alternatively, get too angry.  I came across this little story recently and thought it was worth sharing (again) as I believe it provides an alternative to the extremes of not acting and reacting in a negative way. Once there was a […]

A holy man and a snake with a bad attitude.

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Philosophy / Wisdom

I am enjoying some lessons with the School of Practical Philosophy online. The story below was provided for study.  Enjoy and see what you make of it :-).     Once there was a snake with a rather bad attitude. The small village near where the snake lived was very fearful of this snake because he would strike without warning and devour its prey. It was known to eat hens, dogs, and even big animals like […]

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

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Acceptance / Friends and family / Mindfulness / Wisdom

I chose this question out of 48 Questions to Ask Your Kids by Erin Waters & Momastery (Momastery). It is a resource to “Unlock the hearts of your little ones using these keys to great family conversation”. I thought the questions could also double as interesting prompts for blog topics. Now, let me think about this important question for a minute or two … 1. My first wish is to ask for peace of mind. […]

Philosophy

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Philosophy / Wisdom

ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER When I first read philosophy over ten years ago I felt reassured that many of the thoughts, hopes and fears I had were common to many. I think Arthur Schopenhauer captures some of the deepest and bleakest aspects of the human experience. I was going through a tough time around then and found some comfort in his words. If you are interested in reading philosophy, I highly recommend a book by Alain de […]