Dear You, Sincerely Me

Too often I find the gap between what I want to do and what I actually do get wider without me realizing it until it’s too wide for comfort. I mean to catch up with friends and family, but time marches on and it becomes apparent that catching up tends to end up a very low priority.

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Invisalign Week 8 of 34

Invisalign Week 8 of 34: So far the Pros and Cons of this ortho treatment have been standard (based on the other experiences I’ve researched online). Read more

Addicted to little red berries

“We must give up many things to which we are addicted, considering them to be good. Otherwise, courage will vanish, which should continually test itself. Greatness of soul will be lost, which can’t stand out unless it disdains as petty what the mob regards as most desirable.”
 — Seneca, MORAL LETTERS, 74.12b-13
I’m addicted to these little red berries that pop up on my phone’s screen. Each of them vie for my attention like little red doors with a wonderful prize behind them.
Who sent me a message?
Who wants my friendship in their life?
What new update does that game I never got around to delete have?

Are these berries really that desirable? My brain seems to think so. Read more

If You Practice this One Skill Everyday, You will Always Win

“The proper work of the mind is the exercise of choice, refusal, yearning, repulsion, preparation, purpose, and assent. What then can pollute and clog the mind’s proper functioning? Nothing but its own corrupt decisions”

— Epictetus, Discources, 4.11.6-7

If you asked me which one skill you should practice every day that would have the most significant effect in your life, Read more