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financial independence, early retirement, frugal, frugality, saving, investing, net worth, stoicism, reading, stoic, journal
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The person is free who lives as they wish, neither compelled, nor hindered, nor limited – whose choices aren’t hampered, whose desires succeed, and who don’t fall into what repels them. Who wishes to live in deception – tripped up, mistaken, undisciplined, complaining, in a rut' No one. These are base people who don’t liveRead more ...
Posted: Mar 05 2018 @ 1:39 AM
These things don’t go together. You must be a unified human being, either good or bad. You must diligently work either on your own reasoning or on other things out of your control – take great care with the inside and not what’s outside, which is to say stand with the philosopher, or else withRead more ...
Posted: Mar 04 2018 @ 4:33 AM
I have read a few roundup, week in review, and weekly journal posts lately and I enjoyed seeing what people were reading and writing about. My first week in review may be longer than a week, as it is most of what I’ve read since I resumed blogging a couple of weeks ago. Favorite reading @my_sons_father wrote a great postRead more ...
Posted: Mar 03 2018 @ 1:17 PM
Above all, it is necessary for a person to have a true self-estimate, for we commonly think we can do more than we really can. Seneca, on Tranquility of Minds, 5.2 Today’s question was do I see and assess myself accurately' Interesting question today. I think, on average, I assess myself quite accurately. I have doneRead more ...
Posted: Mar 03 2018 @ 2:44 AM
When children stick their hand down a narrow goody jar they can’t get their full fist out and start crying. Drop a few treats and you will get it out! Curb your desire – don’t set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need. Epictetus, Discourses, 3.9.22 Today’s question was how often […] ...
Posted: Mar 02 2018 @ 2:35 AM
Of all the things that are, some are good, others bad, and yet others indifferent. The good are virtues and all that share in them; the bad are the vices and all that indulge them; the indifferent lie in between virtue and vice and include wealth, health, life, death, pleasure and pain. Epictetus, Discourses, 2.19.12b-13 Today’s […] ...
Posted: Feb 28 2018 @ 3:23 AM
Another has done me wrong' Let him see to it. He has his own tendencies, and his own affairs. What have I now is what the common nature has willed, and what I endeavor to accomplish now is what my nature wills. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.25 Today’s question was why do I need to care that someone […] ...
Posted: Feb 27 2018 @ 3:50 AM
Yesterday, I responded to this tweet from Camp F.I.R.E., which was a guest post by Rod Rogers, of the blog make money by cleaning offices. The tweet, and my reply, started me thinking about FIRE and the many paths that you might take to get there, recognizing that one person’s fire may not be another’s. Digression start […] ...
Posted: Feb 24 2018 @ 7:37 PM
You shouldn’t give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don’t care at all. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.38 Today’s question is why get angry at things, if anger doesn’t change it'  I discussed hearing negative things about my team and not responding to it, which I regretted after the fact. Today, I again heard negative […] ...
Posted: Feb 24 2018 @ 3:08 AM
We control our reasoned choice and all acts that depend on that moral will. What’s not under our control are the body and any of its parts, our possessions, parents, siblings, children, or country – anything with which we might associate. Epictetus, Discourses, 1.22.10 Today’s question is what jerks me around'  My mind jerks me around. It seeks […] ...
Posted: Feb 23 2018 @ 2:49 AM


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