I loved Jules Evans book ‘Philosophy for Life’ and have long enjoyed his blog and newsletter, and this week is a particular gem.
Some key ideas about Stoicism to try out, and a good reason to do so with an event that really appeals to me – ‘Live like a Stoic week’ which challenges those who would put good intentions into practice to write a journal of their week. I think any exercise that causes us to direct our attention in a slightly different way can generate awareness; and the more awareness we have, the more we can direct the flow of events and reactions to events. In a helpful fashion.
Let’s face it, by the time the end of Nov rolls around, and we’re deep in short days, wintery-ness, doing tax, etc we’ll need all the Stoicism we can get. Who else wants to do the journal?
In candythief news, I have NEARLY FINISHED a song that I’ve been working on for ages. Of late I seem to struggle with knockin’ em out unselfconsciously like I used to, and instead I am a bit prone to getting bogged down in ‘what do I MEAN’ and ‘what I am TRYING TO SAY’; although I think that’s a necessary evolution & it would get boring for self and others if I never tried to move what I was doing on. But still-I am glad I’ve nearly done it, not least because it’s for someone who’s been waiting a while for it.
I’ve also established that I’d really like to do a studio album in 2014 and I need to work out how to do that. Spend time researching labels and getting some support? spend equivalent time earning £5k or so to do it upfront? (judging by recent history we could be waiting some time if I take latter approach, although I have upgraded by money earning ideas recently.)