Things Are Good: Stop Trying to be Happy

Want to be happy? Stop trying! The key to happiness is accept reality and not to imagine some greater version of happiness. Projecting oneself into a better future and striving for something that cannot be just builds a disconnected between expectations and your everyday experience. This dissonance creates unneeded stress and leaves one in a ...

mark a rayner: The Ruins — a new flash fiction at the Caesura Letters

I have a new flash fiction up this week at the Caesura Letters called The Ruins. It’s a different kind of piece — a meditation on the nature of Stoicism (though to be fair, it has a dash of existentialism in it.) If you haven’t already checked out the Caesura Letters, you really should. It’s ...

Those Emergency Blues: Friday Night Flicks: Fallen

Reminds me of this passage from Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations: “Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew.” Filed under: Friday Night Flicks Tagged: ...