I’ve always been interested in starting a human-centered platform of some sort. 10 years or so ago, I wanted to create a site that interviewed people who had life experience (i.e. people who had been battle-tested – grandparents, retirees, etc… you know, older people). I thought it would be fascinating and rewarding at the same time. There is so much wisdom in the world that has been attained and retained yet restrained.
Just recently, I’ve started reading more. A lot more – I read more in 2 months than I read in the previous 15 years. What can I say, life got busy. 3 kids, growing businesses, keeping up with technology, dates and mixing in traveling (a priority for us)… Unnecessary reading (aside from business and tech books) took a back seat – not to say it ever had a real front seat… I digress. The important thing is that now it’s in the front seat. And that’s exactly where it needs to be, along with exercise, good sleep, proper nutrition, spirituality, meditation and good communication (both external and internal).
As life progresses and kids grow up, parents transition from being in parental mode to being in mentor mode. I’ll have several posts about this, what I’m learning and our approach as our kids grow up. As I become more of a mentor, I want to be sure I am passing along wisdom that might be meaningful to them. Sure, they have to be open to receive it, but they can’t receive something unless it’s there in the first place.
The more I read, the more I understand that life’s challenges aren’t new. In fact the real issues of life have been thought about for thousands of years. And they’ve been solved for.Tweet
I’m not just talking about Jesus (I’m a believer). Yes, He’s included, but I’m also talking about philosophy. Aristotle, Socrates and similar figures were always just names to me – I never really cared about what I could learn from them. Turns out, there is a lot to learn from them. They certainly seemed to have a lot more time to reflect on life. Marcus Aurelius is especially interesting – seems he was brilliant. Was I the only person who didn’t know who he was until I read “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor”? Here is a quote from his “Meditations”:
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
– Marcus Aurelius
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What is new is the volume of noise that exists. Our world is louder than it’s ever been – no surprise. There are thousands of blogs and podcasts started every week, only to have thousands die every week – the odds are stacked against me if I want to continue doing this. But success is defined by the story I create for myself, and has zero to do with those other blogs and podcasts. As Stoicism would tell you, what happens here is neither good nor bad – what I make of it makes it so.
So what I’m making is a place where I can synthesize what I’m experiencing and learning, with an avenue for engaging those around me (and perhaps others) in meaningful conversation. And maybe, just maybe, some of that wisdom that is restrained will be passed on to someone who can use it.