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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:42am

I’ll tell you what class is. When you step out of the shower to take a leak — that’s class.

-Rodney Dangerfield

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Daily Tanka: Construction Season I

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 9:50pm

Construction Season
The school year over,
Orange safety fencing now walls
The vacant sidewalks
And construction vehicles
Invade the empty green quads

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Self

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:44am

In trying to please other people, we find ourselves misdirected toward what lies outside our sphere of influence. In doing so we lose our hold on our life’s purpose.

Content yourself with being a love of wisdom, a seeker of truth. Return and return again to what is essential and worthy.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

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Daily Tanka: No Email

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:40pm

No Email
If I receive no
Email all day, have I worked?
I’ve checked off many
To-dos, so I think I’ll keep
My knowledge-worker license

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Failure

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 6:14pm

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.

-Salvador Dali

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Failure

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:12pm

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

-Bruce Lee

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Failure

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 8:09am

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

-Mary Tyler Moore

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Self

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 5:36am

Spiritual progress requires us to highlight what is essential and to disregard everything else as trivial pursuits unworthy of our attention. Moreover, it is actually a good thing to be thought foolish and simple with regard to matters that don’t concern us. Don’t be concerned with other’s people’s impressions of you. They are dazzled and deluded by appearances. Stick with your purpose. This alone will strengthen your will and give your life coherence.

Refrain from trying to win other people’s approval and admiration. You are taking a higher road. Don’t long for others to see you as sophisticated, unique, or wise. In fact, be suspicious if you appear to others as someone special. Be on your guard against a false sense of self-importance.

Keeping your will in harmony with truth and concerning yourself with what is beyond your control are mutually exclusive. While you are absorbed in one, you will neglect the other.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

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