Going to try a new journaling method. Going to try jotting down stuff 3 times a day, morning, mid-day, and evening. Part of my issue is that I never remember what happened during the day. Maybe more accurate to say I’m not sitting down and taking the time to recall what happened during the day. Either way the key is not remembering so going to try this method for a bit.

The Daily Stoic – 05/17/2019

Today’s entry in The Daily Stoic is about how Stoicism is a journey, not an end. Very fitting. I want to aspire to be the perfect Stoic but that is impossible. Better to try and be better a bit every day. So inspired by what Epictetus said:

If you don’t wish to be a hot-head, don’t feed your habit. Try as a first step to remain calm and count the days you haven’t been angry. I used to be angry every day, now every other day, then every third or fourth . . . if you make it as far as 30 days, thank God! For habit is first weakened and then obliterated. When you can say ‘I didn’t lose my temper today, or the next day, or for three or four months, but kept my cool under provocation,’ you will know you are in better health.

Ticked off

Have never had a tick on me before but there is a first time for everything. Went for a walk today at lunch around and through the prairie reserve. Came back to the office and felt something crawling on my back near my belt line. Reached around and pulled off the bug and it was a male deer tick, an adult. Freaked me out, probably unnecessarily since they the likelihood of getting Lyme disease is small, even more so from an adult male. But damn are they tough. Tried crushing the damned thing with my fingers inside of a tissue and the little bastard stayed alive. Unfortunately for him he went on a ride to the sewer via the toilet.

Take nothing for granted. Don’t waste a moment feeling like you don’t have enough or comparing yourself to other people. Avoid the temptation to conflate your self-worth with your net-worth or your identity with your place in society. Because all of this is temporary. All of this is dependent on Fortune.

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I’m doing an anti-pattern on privacy for the this month, going full Google with email and browser. People who go to ProtonMail for privacy make me giggle given that over 1 billion people a month are using Gmail. Unless you’re just emailing other people using ProtonMail your email is being “scanned” by Google. Silly people.