“31 Journaling Prompts for Building Greater Self-Reliance” (v2)

I attempted to start a post series back in April of 2018, based on a 31-day journaling prompt collection from the Art of Manliness (AoM). I managed to get only one day pumped out.

I’m trying again. but this time, with success! and you can follow below.

James’s Musings on Self-Reliance
Day 01: Wed 04/03/2019
Day 02: Sat 04/06/2019
Day 03: Wed 04/10/2019
Day 04: Wed 04/17/2019
Day 05: Sat 04/20/2019
Day 06:
Day 07:
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Day 29:
Day 30:
Day 31:

if you’ve forgotten what exactly it was about, feel free to keep reading for the introductory excerpt from the AoM piece itself.

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WELL HELLO, CRAZY NOISE

WELL HELLO, CRAZY NOISE!!
> THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.

SO YOU THINK WE SHOULD SLICE OUR ARMS AND BLEED, JUST TO PROVE WE ARE ALIVE?
> okay.

SO WE SHOULD SLIT OUR NECK ACROSS ITSELF TO SHOW OUR OWN STRENGTH AND DETERMINATION?
> sounds great.

OR MAYBE I CAN JUST JUMP INTO TRAFFIC, DRIVE INTO THE ONCOMING, OR SHOOT OURSELVES OFF THE CLIFF.
>  perfect plan.

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did you disagree?  because I didn’t?

I suspect tomorrow will be fine.

but I’m seriously running out of “bad days” that don’t get logged as “last days”.

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SEE ALSO:

the Final Day is ideal,

desired,

perfect,

heavenly,

HOPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

please allow it to come soon … or even better ASAP…..

very true and powerful

[…] the universe is so achingly beautiful.  And we’re all in it together.  We’re all going in the same direction.  I’m not here to take control of the wheel.  Or to tell you what to believe.  I’m just here to tell you that it’s okay to stop.  To listen.  To change.

read the whole story here….. The Oatmeal – “Believe

a2z: ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα

I started working on this on the 8th.  but then life happened.  I’m not quitting the Challenge.  it’s just gonna take me a while to catch up.  and for the most part, I’ve been following the progress of most of you, though I may not leave many comments.


 

so I couldn’t narrow down what to write about for E.  ideas included “emptiness”, “eagerness”, “exacerbation”, “excuses”, “endurance”, et cetera.  all very cliché James-ideas.  when I asked Brian for a suggested, he gave me “Easter”.  fuck that.  hell, I was even considered writing about the ellipsis — reference its importance in both language and math!  (yes, I’m that much of a geek.)

but instead, I’m stepping outside the box and tweaking the rules a little.  (we all know I wouldn’t be properly participating if I didn’t do so at some point anyway.)  so yeah, here we go.

 

April 2015’s Blogging A to Z:
ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα

 

if I remember correctly nothing (or at least very little) of what Socrates taught was actually written down by himself. rather, it was Plato who went on about his sire’s teaches. so the actual origin or background for this phrase is rather muddled and can be pulled in many different directions.  (there’s actually controversy as to if the phrase was ever actually recorded or if it’s a ghost phrase [RE: dord].  but it’s the concept I want to focus on.)

anyway, this phrase of Socrates’, loosely translated back-and-forth between Greek and Latin and English, states “I know that I know nothing”.  of course, because of these recurrent translations, there are other iterations of the phrase (“I know one thing — that I know nothing”, etc.).  but they all mean basically this: don’t be an idiot and think you know more than you do.

there’s a tale about a god speaking via an oracle in Delphi who claims Socrates to be the wisest man of all.  Socrates was like, “wtf? no way is this true!”  so he seeks out others who are thought to be among the most wise so that he may converse with an analyze them.  overall, they were pretty fucking smart.  but they believed they knew more than they did.  they were arrogant and stubborn about their knowledges and beliefs.  Socrates walks away from all this saying (paraphrasing here, kids), “so none of us really know anything beautiful and good, but I’m better off than these blokes — they know nothing, yet think they know; and I’m pretty damn well aware that I don’t know.”

I like this approach.  I try to encourage people I instruct or lead to do similar — it’s okay to admit not knowing something.  in the library, for example, if we don’t know they answer (which is honestly often thee case), we’ll help you find it.  I get dismayed when people pretend to be more informed than they are.

sure, I do it upon occasion.  I believe it’s one of those flaws that everyone has to some degree or another, and for a variety of reasons.  however, I think it’s important that we make our selves aware of it, and try to manage it.

 

ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα