Driving home in the rain from this morning’s geocaching event, I reminded myself of the book A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control—52 Week-by-Week Lessons. I had an eureka moment when I realized this would be a wonderful thing to set out to tackle here the first day of the year.
I’ve read the book previously, but did not work through it as intended; as a week-to-week workbook for a year. We’ll see how well I persevere doing so this time out. Frankly, everything is set up perfectly for this. With the first being a Saturday, I got the preparation stuff completed to begin fresh tomorrow with the first week’s lesson.
I have been unable to find the walk-through discussions I know exist for this book. They may be on Facebook. 🙁
Anyhow, here is the beginning quiz.
- I get really upset when I don’t get what I want or things don’t go my way.
- I put a lot of effort into avoiding things I don’t like or that I am afraid of.
- I spend a lot of time pursuing comfort and pleasure.
The reader is asked to rate himself on a scale from 1 to 10 for the above three statements. One equates to this Doesn’t describe me at all. Ten equates to this Describes me perfectly.
First off, I dislike scales like this. What’s the difference between a three and four? I don’t know and it consumes my effort to define these things. Secondly, the answers to the first two come down to what is being considered.
When I don’t get my way on where the children and I dine, it hardly bothers me. When I don’t get my way when I feel a student needs specialized help, it bothers me far more.
Likewise, I avoid what I perceive to be uncomfortable experiences. I don’t know how much effort is involved in not driving off a cliff, but I avoid doing so. Other things, I may put more effort into that are less dangerous, but still uncomfortable.
Nevertheless, allow me to forge ahead and state:
I support odd numbers, I gather.
I don’t know why I cannot read this with immersion reading on the Fire. I have both the Kindle ebook and the Audible audiobook. Most frustrating. I actually have a question into Amazon about this. We shall see if that is resolved.
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- Remembrance - 2022
- Dot . . . Dot . . . Dot . . . - 2022
- 2022 Resolutions - 2022
- Handbook of Model Rocketry - 2021
- 2021: Happy New Year - 2021
- A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences: The Classroom Essentials Series - 2020
- New Year Resolutions - 2019
- Happy 2016 - 2016
- Happy 2014 - 2014
- Happy New Year 2015 - 2014
- Wetlands Preserved - 2013
- Bah Humbug - 2013
- Paleo - 2012
- Dot . . . Dot . . . Dot . . . - 2012
- Make It a Good Year - 2012
- Happy Birthday to Me - 2011
- Making a Letterboxing Stamp - 2010
- In the Midnight Hour - 2010
- The Letterboxer's Companion - 2009
- 2008: A Look Back - 2009
- The World Wide Event! - 2009
- GeoGolf GGABKZ: Hole 1 - 2009
- GD91-CYUC - 2009
- One Fine Day - Happy New Year - 2009
- Stow Away - 2008
- Caviar Tower Cache - 2008
- Ragged Island - 2008
- 01413038 D - 2008
- Hancock Harbor - 2008
- Gert & Frolickin's First Geocache - 2008
- Mule - 2007
- Archie's Place - 2007
- A John Edwards Presidency - 2007
- Happy New Year, New Jersey Citizen - 2006
- Fiscal Irresponsibility - 2006
- Welcome 2006 - 2006
- Happy New Year! - 2005
- Autobiography - 1998
- Third World - 1991
- If I Had My Life to Live Over - 1990
- May Things Be Good - 1989
- Out of Touch: Questioning My Liberalism - 1989
- A New Beginning - 1988
- Responsibility - 1988