Author Archives: Sam

”I will keep constant watch over myself and – most usefully – will put each day up

for review. For this is what makes us evil that none of us looks back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we are about to do. And yet our plans for the future descend from the past”
~Marcus Aurelius
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”If you want to make progress, put up with being perceived as ignorant or naive in worldly matters, don’t aspire to a reputation for sagacity. If you do impress others as somebody, don’t altogether believe it. You have to realize, it isn’t easy to keep your will in agreement with nature, as well as externals. Caring about the one inevitably means you are going to shortchange the other”

~Epictetus
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”When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love”

~Marcus Aurelius
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”The wise will start each day with the thought, “Fortune gives us nothing which we can really own.” Nothing, whether public or private, is stable; the destines of men, no less than those of cities, are in a whirl. Whatever structure has been reared by a long sequence of years, at the cost of great toil and through the great kindness of the gods, is scattered and dispersed in a single day. No, he who has said ‘a day’ has granted too long a postponement to swift misfortune; an hour, an instant of time, suffices for the overthrow of empires. How often have cities in Asia, how often in Achaia, been laid low by a single shock of earthquake? How many towns in Syria, how many in Macedonia, have been swallowed up? How often has this kind of devastation laid Cyprus in ruins? We live in the middle of things which have all been destined to die. Mortal have you been born, to mortals you have given birth. Reckon on everything, expect everything.”

~Seneca
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”I will keep constant watch over myself and – most usefully – will put each day up

for review. For this is what makes us evil that none of us looks back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we are about to do. And yet our plans for the future descend from the past”
~Marcus Aurelius
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Plinky – What is one question you hate to be asked? Explain.

You can’t handle the truth!
Simply put, I hate when people ask me personal stuff. Deep down, I love when someone shows interest, but I have a huge problem: I always have the urge to completely open my heart when people make me questions!

That’s probably the worse thing you can do for yourself, to open up. Now don’t take me wrong, I don’t think evryone should just shut themselves and never share their feelings. Quite the opposite, frankly – people who never share and the worse to live with, in my opinion.

But we should, at some point in our lives, to learn whom to share feelings and opinions with. For some reason, I learned to trust everyone. There’s nothing more dangerous than trusting everyone!

Not everyone is making you questions because they homestly care. Some will use the information you shared with them to harm you or someone else.

So don’t ask me anything personal. I’ll struggle inside to quickly decide if you deserve my trust or not, and then will most likely regret telling you something. And you also take the risk of hearing something YOU won’t like – because speaking my head out also means I’ll tell you what I really think about things. And you might not like it after all.

Plinky – Describe an individual whom you admire. What traits do you like about this person?

Someone to admire

I admire many people. My mom is a great example, my husband has attitudes I really wish I could learn (especially at work), and many famous leaders, of course.
What makes me admire someone?
I guess anyone who has a high spirit, classic values like character strength, honor, respect for others. But also people with a vast knowledge, culture, appreciation for education, arts, philosophy.
In the end, whom I admire is not as important as how much I am closer to this ideal myself.
Being someone I myself can admire is what really matters.

Plinky – In a nightmare, you’ve encountered three doors. Choose one, and let us know what you find on the other side.

Well, I have memories of some nasty nightmares.

If we are talking about last night's, I have to say that behind the door I find a bad dream based on A Clockwork Orange – I can clearly remember those eyes and evil atmosphere when the thing looked at me.

The most interesting is that I have NEVER watched that movie. Or read the book. And don't intend to.

Specially now!

Good grief.

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Plinky – What’s your earliest memory?

My earliest memory – I think – is of my mom reading me a book before I slept. It seems to me that’s the earliest I have. My sister wasn’t born yet, so that’s before I was 5. I remember being in bed and SO happy she agreed to read me a story! She was sitting at a stool from the kitchen (look how much work I gave her, to bring that from the other side of the apartment!) and not very pleased to be reading to me. It didn’t matter, though. I was freaking happy. And, of course, it probably just took her a minute before I fell asleep. So people – when your kid asks you to read something for him or her, just do it. That’s a lovely memory. 🙂

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Day 10

The bookstore was swamped. It was a big place, but something brought people to it that night. ‘could it be that Bill’s sister is that famous and I never heard of her?’ Jane started to worry about making a fool of herself.
It was of Jane’s favorite bookstores, because of all the great books she could browse and not being bothered while doing it. Not to mention the couches, that were so comfortable that the place that created them for the store decided to put its name on the model – and it sold like no other couch they’ve ever designed. Even Jane had one at home.