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Some Stoic Reminders In Times of Coronavirus

- Premeditatio malorum - have a plan if things get worse
- Summum bonum - act virtuously, don't put your convenience above other's safety
- Sympatheia - we’re all in this together. Be kind, help each others, don't’ be selfish

“Ask for what you want. You usually won’t get it, and often the rejection will be painful. But when this works, it works surprisingly well. Almost always, the people who say “I am going to keep going until this works, and no matter what the challenges are I’m going to figure them out”, and mean it, go on to succeed. They are persistent long enough to give themselves a chance for luck to go their way.”

“Needless commitments are more wasteful than needless possessions. Possessions can be ignored, but commitments are a recurring debt that must be paid for with your time and attention.”

3-2-1: On media consumption, needless commitments, and persistence and luck | James Clear

“Your actions are a consequence of your thoughts.

Your thoughts are a consequence of what you consume.

And in the modern age, what you consume is largely a consequence of how you select and refine your social media feed.

Choose better inputs. Get better outputs.”

3-2-1: On media consumption, needless commitments, and persistence and luck | James Clear

With good lifestyle practices then, as my friend James Clear says, time becomes your ally.

With health: If you have a healthy diet and consistent workout routine, then over time your physical health will continue to improve. You will grow stronger, and stay healthy. Time becomes your ally in living a healthy life.

The same is true in your career, your relationships, wealth building, your side-hobbies, and your inner-personal life.

Why is it “easier” to watch Netflix than solve math problems?

What is Effort? | Scott H Young

Do not remove a fence until you know why it was put up in the first place.

Chesterton’s Fence: A Lesson in Second Order Thinking

t̶e̶s̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶y̶a̶y̶t̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶s̶t̶r̶i̶k̶e̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶m̶a̶s̶t̶o̶d̶o̶n̶

w: 97.2 kgs (2019/09/30)
sw: 87.6 kgs (2019/11/15)
cw: 82.5 kgs (2020/03/09)

gw1: 83 kgs ✔️
gw2: 80 kgs
gw3: 77 kgs
gw4: 74 kgs
gw5: 72 kgs

i know it might bob up next week, but the trend is downward, so this is my win!
does small victory lap, eats blueberry cheesecake, goes back to eating right, working out and

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ask yourself: “Accepting I cannot have both things, would I (or could I) really sacrifice option A, in order to have option B instead?”
If the answer is no, then set your face in one direction, offer both your hands to its outstretched arms, and let the alternative go.

Sunday Firesides: The Law of Sacrifice | The Art of Manliness

So how to be kinder if it doesn’t come naturally?

Fake it. Fake it a little bit at a time.
there isn’t actually any difference between doing something nice for someone because you are naturally saintly and perfect, and doing something nice for someone because you are secretly demonic and trying to cover it up. It’s still an act of kindness either way, and you still made their lives better.

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Be kind, be helpful or begone!