Reconnecting with Marcus Aurelius

I am reconnecting with Marcus Aurelius, and I have begun to read The Essential Marcus Aurelius, Tarcher Cornerstone Editions, authored by Jacob Needleman and John Piazza.

It has been decades since I read Meditations.

The Essential Marcus Aurelius by Jacob Needleman and John Piazza
The book blurb reads in part:

This inaugural-and all new-Tarcher Cornerstone Edition presents a stunningly relevant and reliable translation of the thoughts and aphorisms of the Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, properly placing the philosopher-king’s writings within the vein of the world’s great religious and ethical traditions.

In the Introduction, Jacob Needleman writes:

…to discover the real secret of this book, you must open it when life is breaking your heart or when you are engulfed by anxiety or self-pity or resentment or—far more difficult—open it when all your dreams seem to be coming true and it seems that all will be well forever.

I am currently relating to the former, as all my dreams are far – very far – from coming true, and I have been feeling engulfed by anxiety, with a smidge of self-pity, and a pinch of resentment, thrown in for good measure. Balance in life is important after all. 🙂

The Introduction by Jacob Needleman is a wonderful read that lays well the groundwork that helps one to understand where Emperor Marcus Aurelius was coming from in time and headspace. Delightful.

If you are familiar with this edition I would enjoy hearing your comments.

Are You Feeling Stuck? These 10 Ideas May Help You

Are you feeling stuck? In her article 10 Things To Remember When You Are Feeling Stuck on Inc.com, Lolly Daskal the President and CEO of Lead From Within, writes

“You cannot start the next chapter of your life, if you keep re-reading the old one.”

Are you feeling stuck? These 10 ideas may help you.

Lolly Daskal offers her thoughts on things that may help you through the 10 most frequently experienced forms of feeling stuck:

  1. When you’re stuck in your thinking
  2. When you’re stuck in your skills
  3. When you’re stuck thinking things should be easier
  4. When you’re stuck in your actions
  5. When you’re stuck outside your comfort zone
  6. When you’re stuck relying on others for success
  7. When you’re stuck making excuses
  8. When you’re stuck in fear
  9. When you’re stuck in what others think of you
  10. When you’re stuck in the past

I hope that you enjoy reading 10 Things To Remember When You Are Feeling Stuck

What do you do to get unstuck and move forward in your life?

Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis Is In My Morning Kickstart Music List

Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis is part of My Morning Kickstart Music List.

This is a wonderful piece of music, and the film is a wonderful presentation of history.

Chariots of Fire – the film

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film.

It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics:

  • Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and
  • Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.

The film’s title was inspired by the line, “Bring me my chariot of fire,” from the William Blake poem adapted into the popular British hymn “Jerusalem“; the hymn is heard at the end of the film.

The original phrase “chariot(s) of fire” is from 2 Kings 2:11 and 6:17 in the Bible.

My Morning Kickstart Music with Richard E. Ward

Understanding China’s Rise Under Xi Jinping by The Honourable Kevin Rudd

I am interested in China. Bill Bishop in his Sinocism China Newsletter has just shared a speech given by The Honourable Kevin Rudd to West Point titled “Understanding China’s Rise Under Xi Jinping“.

The article is long, but if you want to gain an understand of the transformational processes happening in China under the leadership of President Xi Jinping then this speech is worth reading.

Bill Bishop writes:

I am pleased to share you with an address that the Honourable Kevin Rudd gave at West Point earlier this month. It is long but worth the read. I wish I had written as it is the clearest exposition of Xi Jinping‘s China I have so far read. Mr. Rudd, a Sinocism subscriber, graciously agreed to let me share it with all of you.

Mr. Rudd is fluent in Chinese and has several decades of experience working in and on China, including many meetings with Xi and Wang Qishan.

Mr. Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-2012). He joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as its inaugural President in January 2015. ASPI is a “think-do tank” dedicated to using second-track diplomacy to assist governments and businesses in resolving policy challenges within Asia, and between Asia and the West. You can read more about him on his web site.

China. The Peoples Republic of China.

Hello Hello Hello Has Been Added to My Morning Kickstart Music List

I have added “Hello Hello Hello” by Kes to my My Morning Kickstart Music List.

Kes and his band is delight to listen to for me. So upbeat.

You can connect with them on facebook.com/Kestheband/.

Here is the YouTube Channel for Kes the Band.

Lyrics for Hello by KES

Dum dum dumm dum dum dum dumm dum dum dum dum dum
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Ummmmm

Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah

She had de ting I lul love
Where she from I don’t know
Drop she waist an go low
Rock de place like a dojo

So wa yuh say, wah yu say, wah yu say
Pretty gyul would yuh come my way
Wuh yu do, wuh yuh do, wuh yuh do
I must get through

Gyul roll up yuh waist an show me that wine
Turn around girl doh be shy
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah
So gyul ah love how de way you blow my mind
Hold me tight and bring dat wine
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Lawd Eh

Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it

Yuh wan give me dat
Doh hold back
Wine it up
Ride it
Front to de back
No long chat
Just come to me

An give yuh that sweet type of love
Sweet type of love
Come give me that sweet type of love
Real type of love
Hold me darlin
Cause whole night we jammin
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Say she sweet like a mango
She play de ting like a banjo
Dem other gyul dem doh know
How she wrap de ting like a go go

Lawd

So wa yuh say, wah yu say, wah yu say
Sexy gyul wah yu come my way
Wuh yu do, wuh yuh do, wuh yuh do
I must get through

Gyul roll up yuh waist
Show me that wine
Turn around girl doh be shy
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah
So gyul ah love how de way yuh blow my mind
Hold me tight and bring dat wine
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Lawd Eh

Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Are you ready Ready
Are you ready for it
Yuh wan give me dat
Doh hold back
Wine it up
Ride it
Front to de back
No long chat
Just come to me

Ah give yuh that sweet type of love
Sweet type of love
Come give me that sweet type of love
Real type of love
Hold me darlin
Cause whole night we jammin
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Dum dum dumm dum dum dum dumm dum dum dum dum dum
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Ummmm ummmm
Hello Hello Hello Hello
Yeah Yeah Yeah

My Silver Lining Has Been Added to My Morning Kickstart Music List

I have added “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit to my My Morning Kickstart Music List.

I am sharing it with the video Weightless featuring Jean-Baptiste Chandelier.

I love watching this video. It gets me soaring.

You can listen to my Morning Kickstart playlist on Spotify.

Here is First Aid Kit on YouTube.

First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo that consists of the sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg.

My Silver Lining Lyrics

I don’t want to wait anymore I’m tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there’s music and there’s laughter
I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go
There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you’ve just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can’t worry ’bout what’s behind you or what’s coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I’ve woken up in a hotel room, my worries as big as the moon
Having no idea who or what or where I am
Something good comes with the bad
A song’s never just sad
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining
Show me my silver lining
Show me my silver lining

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on

Songwriters: JOHANNA KAJSA SOEDERBERG, KLARA MARIA SOEDERBERG

Kickstarting My Morning with Music

I have found that as a TBI Survivor (Traumatic Brain Injury) my day gets going on a better footing when I kickstart my morning with some upbeat, positive music.

My Morning Kickstart Music with Richard E. Ward

Music with an upbeat message, especially over coming obstacles, helps me to clear my mind by replacing worries and concerns.

How about you?

Do you listen to music to help kickstart your day?

I am always happy to hear about new tunes that will help me get going.

My Morning Kickstart Music List

Here is my Morning Kickstart Music List.

You can check it out on Spotify.

  • Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  • Fly / I Believe I Can Fly – Glee Cast
  • Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
  • It’s a Beautiful Day – Queen
  • My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit
  • Never Surrender – Corey Hart
  • Pipeline – Bruce Johnston
  • Return To Innocence – Enigma
  • Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • We Are the Champions – Queen
  • When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean
  • Win – Brian Knight
  • You Gotta Be – Des’ree

What music do you listen to in the morning to kickstart your day? Please let me know.

I Like You As You Are – Fred Rogers

I Like You As You Are is one my favourite episodes from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

It seems to me that no matter how old we get these are powerful words.

They are words that are important to remember when we deal with children.

Parents are often passive aggressive when dealing with children, while claiming that they are being supportive and encouraging. Hah.

And certainly schools are directly aggressive when working at molding children to be the way the institution, and teachers, want them to be.

Fred Rogers provides a refreshing antidote to that aggressive crap.

I like you as you are
Exactly and precisely
I think you turned out nicely
And I like you as you are

I like you as you are
Without a doubt or question
Or even a suggestion
Cause I like you as you are

I like your disposition
Your facial composition
And with your kind permission
I’ll shout it to a star

I like you as you are
I wouldn’t want to change you
Or even rearrange you
Not by far

I like you
I-L-I-K-E-Y-O-U
I like you, yes I do
I like you, Y-O-U
I like you, like you as you are

Lyrics by Josie Carey | Music by Fred Rogers

Thank you Fred Rogers for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.