Walter Firle, 1929, The Fairy Tale
Meaning, Mind

Don’t Like Reading? Do It Anyway

Why should we read, even if we don’t particularly like it? Similar to physical exercise, reading is useful and necessary because of what it gives us and what it takes for us to participate. With quotes from Voltaire, Johnson & more

Honoré Daumie, 2nd third of 19th century, The Painter
Meaning, Mind

Creativity for the Cautious

Creativity isn’t something everyone engages with; usually because we’re afraid of doing it wrong. With quotes from Carter, Nietzsche & more.

Albrecht Dürer, 1508, Praying Hands
Meaning, Mind

A Prayer from the Unresolved

If you aren’t certain of God’s existence, or what God even means, what would bring you to pray? With quotes from Dostoevsky, Coleridge & Duffy.

Konstantin Flavitsky, 1864, Princess Tarakanova
Meaning, Mind

The Day Begins in Silence

When we carry painful thoughts, a moment in silence can be a moment in hell. Can we tolerate sitting with stillness? Quotes from Seneca, Steinbeck & Eliot.

John Singer Sargent, 1882, El Jaleo
Circumstance, Meaning

Embracing Our Roles

What is our role? Like actors gracing the stage, every day we wake to a role; or to be more accurate, various roles. Quotes from Shakespeare, Herbert & more.

Caravaggio, 1597-99, Narcissus
Circumstance, Meaning

Get out of Your Own Way

Get out of your own way. Once the obstruction is released there is life that will flow. And this is the truth. Life still exists beyond what hinders us. With quotes from Tolstoy, Descartes, Schuller & Seneca.

Antonina Rzhevskaya, 1897, A Merry Moment
Meaning, Virtue

The Glow of Enthusiasm

Fatalism is a dead-end road and enthusiasm isn’t something we can ever afford to abandon. With quotes from Bishop Doane, R.W Emerson, D. Carnegie & F. Guizot.