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February 28, 2020


This one will be very short but I think it’s important.  For those of you following me, you know I’ve been following Tao and stoic readings.  I continue to be amazed at how many things overlap in these two philosophies.  Today is another example.

A few days ago the Tao reading mentioned that if you have a problem, the best thing to do is to break it down into its component parts.  Today, part of the stoic reading said almost the exact same thing and almost verbatim.  The bottom line is: 1st, don’t lose your cool and 2nd, if you lose your cool, don’t beat yourself up about it, just try to regain your cool.  If you can, problem solving becomes that much easier.  That’s it for the day.  Hope I wasn’t preachy.

Wishing everyone peace.

February 26, 2020


Sometimes, one must show gratitude, even in relatively dark times.  In some circles the term is called counting your blessings.

Recently I’ve related of how I was recently scammed out of nearly $1000.  This was a devastating financial blow.  Since that time, my bank has made it clear that I will, in fact, be held responsible for this financial setback.  I’m the first to admit that the original mistake is mine—I gave out private information I never should have.  But the bank is a multi-billion dollar operation.  $1000 to me might as well be a million.  But, I have to own my own mistakes.

At any rate, J (my significant other) has helped bail me out of the situation and if I can get my two employers to cooperate, I can get back to paying bills and so forth.  In the end, I will have weathered the storm.  I never could have done it without J’s help, and she is who I’m thankful for, first and foremost.

But, I also try to remember that throughout the world, there are a whole bunch of people who have it a whole lot worse than I do.  Like, the simple hope that they’ll eat today.  I do not have that problem.  So, for that I am also thankful.  There are myriad other examples out there, so I won’t bore you.  I will relate to you that I am thankful for a slew of things and I try to remember to count my blessings every day.

Again, I hope I wasn’t too preachy, but I do wish everyone peace.

February 25, 2020

Myth and Dust

Today’s stoic reading featured Marcus Aurelius and his speaking to the idea of fame.  Taking wide berth and paraphrasing, basically what he said was, no matter how famous or legendary we become, in the end, we all die and become dust (and, forgotten).  As part of the whole living in the here and now philosophy, one should always strive for virtue—for courage and wisdom.  But don’t pursue these things for vanity’s sake.  Do these things to live life as happily as you can.  After life, your corporal body becomes nothing but dust.

Again, not trying to preach.  Just a reminder of how temporary it all is.  Live for today.  Seize the day.  But don’t do it for glory.  Do it for your own personal growth, happiness and virtue.  Ok, done preaching.

And, wishing everyone peace.

February 24, 2020

Here and Now

Filed under: images, musings, Mysteries, Philosophy — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 1:32 pm

I’ve mentioned before having an interest in both the Taoist viewpoint and that of the stoics.  This isn’t necessarily contradicting.  In fact one of the things they both have in common, and in common with most eastern thought is to live in the here and now.  That is my one vow for the day.  To try to remember to live in the here and now.

Wishing everyone peace.

February 23, 2020

Different Meditations

As I continue to study various spiritual paths and views of the world, I find myself more taken with the Taoist view.  Meditation can take on many forms.  What engrosses you?  What makes you feel like you’re accomplishing something?  To a Taoist, even shoveling dung can be a form of meditation, if it can keep you engaged and focused.

I would guess almost anyone at this site would find a meditative quality to writing.  I know I do.  While I like to think of myself as a creative spirit, when it comes to the visual arts, I’m all thumbs.  But, writing is my creative outlet, and when I get on a roll, I can get immersed and time has no meaning.

(Probably most of you will be tired of hearing this, but the same is true for darts for me).

At any rate, the point is find something that takes you out of the mindset of this material world, and you’ve found a meditation spot, of sorts.  Maybe some of you don’t need it, but meditation assists me with focus, and focus helps me in ALL aspects of life.  Again, I hope I haven’t been too preachy.

Wishing everyone peace.

February 22, 2020

Zeno’s Shipwreck

I’ve tried to make it clear that I don’t like to preach and I don’t try to make others think like me (which would probably give them a headache, anyway).  However, whether one is religious or not (I consider myself an atheist, but with a spiritual side), oft-times, the readings of the stoics can come in handy.

Today, in one of my spiritual tomes, I read the story of Zeno’s shipwreck.  Zeno was a wealthy tradesman who was en route to a sale of a rare and valuable dye, the sale of which would have increased his wealth substantially.  In the journey, Zeno’s ship was destroyed at sea.  He survived but was, essentially, penniless.  He then met up with a philosopher named Crates who showed Zeno that losing everything doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve lost everything.  Zeno lived the rest of his days seeking a truly philosophical (actual translation of philosophy is “love of wisdom”) life.

I mentioned yesterday of having been robbed of nearly $1000.  As the days proceed, it looks less and less likely that this will be recovered.  I may work the rest of my life just to get up to zero.  It has been quite stressful, but I have the love and support of J and many other friends.  Perhaps this is some life lesson I need to learn.  I’m not really a fatalist, but am also the first to admit that, in the end, I don’t know a damn thing.  So, as I continue to maneuver the system, I try to keep a positive attitude and maybe I end up learning something.

At any rate, the point is, bad things happen every single day to every single person, and my griping about things doesn’t change that.  So, I will continue to try to be positive and receptive to my losses.  In the end, there are a whole bunch of people who have it worse than I do, and I try to remember to count my blessings every day.  And, with that, I leave you and hope I wasn’t too preachy.

Wishing everyone peace.

February 21, 2020

Wishing Doesn’t Make it So

So the theme of today’s stoic reading was about wishing and the title was “Wish not, Want not.”  This is a very difficult thing to live by.  The Buddhists would say that desire leads to suffering.  It’s true, but trying to live it is easier said than done.

For the last few days, I’ve been dealing with a bit of a financial crisis.  The details are unimportant.  Let’s just say I got ripped off and am still trying to maneuver the system.  It may take a while.  I keep having recurring thoughts of, if I hadn’t done this, then this never would have happened.  The stoics would say, wishing it hadn’t happened doesn’t help.  All we can do is learn from the lesson.  Wise advice.  But again, easier said…

At any rate, I’m trying to maintain a positive attitude.  In the end it will all work out.  At least that’s the hope.  I just won’t wish for it.

Hoping everyone has a peaceful Friday.

February 19, 2020

oh no, not again

That’s right folks.  Time for another darts update.  Good news, next week we have a bye, so next Wednesday you won’t have to read about Tuesday’s results as there won’t be any.  On to the good news (I’m sure you’re waiting with bated breath).

For the second week in a row, J’s and my team won the overall team match by a score of 11-8.  So far in overall matches, we are 2-2, though in individual matches, which is how they keep standings, we remain under .500 at 36-40.

Still it was a good showing.  I swept my three singles matches.  My partner and I won two of three.  We lost the four on four match, but as a whole, we played well.  And, as always, we had a good time.  The only real downside was, we were up awfully late and will be staying in tonight.  Actually, that’s not a terrible thing either, as we’ve been out of town and now been in a rush since returning.  A good evening’s rest will do us both good.

Wishing everyone peace.

February 18, 2020

Death? End of Time

This is going to be a short entry.  I’ve been out of town for some time and I need to get back on the work horse but I did want to put this in from my reading today from the Tao.  It’s very simple.

Death is not the end of us.  Our physical bodies are returned to water and chemicals, so therefore, not destroyed.  Our minds or our souls, if you will, move on to some, as yet undetermined, other plane.  No, when we reach the point of death, the only thing that is truly destroyed is time.  Time doesn’t have any meaning as it appears to in our life times.

So, just a quick little something about at least one interpretation of death.  In the end, it wouldn’t appear to be all that frightening.

Wishing peace to all and every one.

February 12, 2020

How Long Can This go On?

Filed under: darts, images, musings, Mysteries, recreation — Tags: , , , , — schingle @ 2:28 pm

Ok so I guess my Wednesday installment is going to include results from last night’s darts match whether you want it to or not.

Good news, though.  For the first time this season, and for the first time in our lives, J’s and my darts team won last night.  The final score was 13-6.  I won all three of my singles matches.  My partner and I won all three of our doubles matches and we won the team match.  But, more important than any of that, we had a good time.  Our opponents, who were the home team, liked to laugh and joke and it just made for a very pleasant evening.

Just a heads up.  J and I are heading to Colorado for a few days starting tomorrow, so don’t expect any posts until early next week.

Wishing everyone peace.

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