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In Honor of the Realness

February 11, 2015

I made some mini, red enchiladas for some of my girlz. One of my friends who is a very hard worker got a promotion, so we are holding a luncheon in her honor tomorrow. Even though she left the agency we work for a while back, she *really* cared about the work she did while she was with us and still cares. She has a great work ethic. I genuinely respect her for that and she will always be my friend. In the end, it’s the people like her who make a difference. I hope she likes the special treat. There is no doubt in my mind that they will all appreciate this.


To Conquer the Mind of a Stoic

August 6, 2013

I have been learning about stoics and stoicism in an attempt to enlighten myself. Well, more so about people who are stoic, as stoicism centers on an educational system founded in Athens. In order to understand complex human relationships, we must not only study ourselves, we must study others.

Since I tend to be a very open person, sometimes I don’t understand people who aren’t like me. I may be the exact opposite of one with stoic traits. Stoics believe that the philosophy of moral and intelligent beings is conveyed through ethical behavior and not words.

Key words for the teachings of stoicism are: self-control; fortitude; ethics; morals; virtue; strength; and will. A stoical person chooses to endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining. This has been described as being free from passion, and may be seen as being unmoved by joy or grief.

Some of the more interesting things I read were published in “The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters by Lucius Annaeus Seneca.” He said that “it is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” I do totally agree with that. Our mind is our most powerful weapon!

When is it ok to be conquered? Humans need to be weak sometimes. How does one conquer the mind of a stoic when the book is sealed shut? If we lock our mind to all, can we be happy? When should we be strong? When is it ok and acceptable to be weak?

Seneca also said that “one of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” This seems to go against the traits of a stoic? To be understood, parts of us must be symbolically and even physically conquered. But yes… that quote does reflect the essence of true friendship.

I am still learning about stoics. I do have much to learn. They are not like me. I believe in connection at the deepest level. Without real, intimate, and heartfelt connection how can we live? How can we be touched and touch others? Maybe I’ll never understand human books which intend to remain closed?

The most intelligent things that Seneca said was “if you wish to be loved, love.” He said that “true happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” Human relationships are complex. Learning is always the best step in successfully connecting with others.

The Debate Over the Ethics of Photo Restoration

May 3, 2013

A great take on the
ethics debate.

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