On Revenge

"This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well." ~ Francis Bacon When you are consumed by bitterness, it spreads within you like a disease. Such bitterness may appeal temporarily to others who, fooled by grief, drawn in by sympathy or preoccupied by …

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Forward, as occasion offers.

"Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle."  ~ Marcus Aurelius Who is to say that success in the smallest matters is naught but a trifle? Likely the same person …

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Inner Strength and The Spirit of Victory

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." ~ Marcus Aurelius My eighteen year old cousin, Savannah Leigh Burns, was recently diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Its onset was rather sudden and took Savannah and her family completely by surprise. The first two weeks in …

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Mind moves matter, if you let it.

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." ~ Marcus Aurelius The practice of yoga is more challenging - and more rewarding - than it looks. One of the lessons I took home with my shaky legs and becalmed mind was that your mind can stand …

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The Happiness of your Life

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature." ~ Marcus Aelius Aurelius The quality of your thoughts is the one thing you have control over at the end of the day. The world around …

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Change, Vulnerability and Self-Respect

"He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   I am surrounded by people who aspire to excellence. They push themselves, dream big and take risks. They questions assumptions, test their limitations and welcome correction. They learn to use pressure to …

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What are you waiting for?

Every once in a while you come across someone who says one valuable thing after another. Roman Emperor for 19 years, Marcus Aurelius was the last of the "Five Good Emperors" and is considered the most important of the Stoic philosophers. His words ring true as much today as they likely did when they were …

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