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“Remember, there's no greatness in the future. Or clarity. Or insight. Or happiness. Or peace. There is only this moment.”

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MORE IDEAS FROM Stillness Is the Key

Stillness

Stillness is that quiet moment when inspiration hits you. It’s that ability to step back and reflect.

Slowing down is the key that unlocks genius, happiness and meaning.

History proves that it is from stillness that new insights and ideas are originated.

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RYAN HOLIDAY

“Stillness is what aims the archer’s arrow. It inspires new ideas. It sharpens perspective and illuminates connections.”

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“That quiet feels so unnatural is a sign of its importance. Seize it. We can’t be afraid of silence, as it has much to teach us. Seek it.”

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“The more peace we are, the more productive we can be.”

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“This is what the best journals look like. They aren't for the reader. They are for the writer. To slow the mind down. To wage peace with oneself.”

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“Stillness is the key to, well, just about everything.”

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“When we know what to say no to, we can say yes to the things that matter.”

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“Don’t waste a beautiful moment because you are insecure or shy.”

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“We are not present . . . and so we miss out. On life. On being our best. On seeing what's there.”

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The Real Source of Harm

The Stoics remind us that there really is no such thing as an objectively good or bad occurrence. Situations require our participation, context and categorization in order to be "bad".

Our reaction is what actually decides whether harm has occurred. If we raise our voice because we feel we’re being confronted, naturally a confrontation will ensue.

But if we retain control of ourselves, we decide whether to label something good or bad.

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“Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only they truly live. Not

satisfied to merely keep good watch over their own days, they annex every age to their own. All

the harvest of the past is added to their store. Only an ingrate would fail to see that these great

architects of venerable thoughts were born for us and have designed a way of life for us.”

—SENECA

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Pragmatic and Principled - Day 1

Wherever a person can live, there one can also live well;

  • Abraham Lincoln is the most renowned politician of his time. Even at a profession like that, he was able to be compassionate, humble, open-minded and purposeful.
  • Principles and pragmatism are not at odds. Whether you live in the white house or in a jail or in a closed-minded small town, you can live well if you choose to. Plenty of other have! It's your principles that govern your way of life.

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