10 Allergies You Never Thought Could Exist – Listverse

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Absence Free verse by jay

An absent, however hard it tries,
Will always be a wanderer.
Does an absent make you shiver?
does it?

How happy are candid omissions!
Do omissions make you shiver?
do they?

The cunning paucity sings like a silent
Golden Feather.
Why is it so cunning?


“If travel were so inspiring and informing a business…then the wisest men in the world would be deckhands on tramp steamers, Pullman porters, and Mormon missionaries.”

“It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.”

– Sinclair Lewis

Farmer news

Maharashtra saw 12006 farmer suicides from 2015 to 2018

Maharashtra saw 12,006 farmer suicides between January 2015 and December 2018, the tenure of the current state government, according to the …
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Rabbi now belts out ballad on farmer suicides

“I wanted to raise the sense of alarm on farmer suicides, as a Punjabi, as the first generation city dweller who migrated from a village. I was shocked to …
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Cow dung easier choice

The government issues payment in the account of agents, who are supposed to make the payment to farmers. The major reason of farmer suicides is …
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BJP unfazed by Mahagathbandhan in Jharkhand: Shahdeo

The BJP faced flak nationally in the recent past after several cases of farmer suicides were reported and protests staged by farmers in the national …
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New look BKJD fails to enthuse farmers

Suicides by farmers are a major issue in western Odisha. As per data sourced through RTI, no farmer has committed suicide over last five years.

Did you know…

… that today is TV Game Show Day? On the birthday of Mark Goodson (1915), creator of many TV game shows, we celebrate all television game shows. Mark Goodson created such game shows as The Price Is Right, What’s My Line, Family Feud, I’ve Got a Secret, and Password.

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“If a man can reduce his needs to zero, he is truly free: there is nothing that can be taken from him and nothing anyone can do to hurt him.” –John Boyd
Food For Thought
Living In A State Of Apatheia

There once was a Roman trader named Stilbo, who often traveled for months at a time.

One day, he returned home to find that a group of Barbarians had sacked his city and killed or kidnapped his entire family. His wife, kids, and friends were gone.

One of his companions turned to Stilbo and asked, “What have you lost?”

“I have lost nothing,” he said. “My goods are all with me.”

On the surface, this response seems incredibly cold. But Stilbo was a Stoic and had fully embraced the idea of “apatheia”. This wasn’t a cold comment, and if dissected, you’ll find it actually shows great love…

Stoicism is “an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.”

Stoics strive to live in constant “apatheia”—loosely translated as equanimity, orcontentment. The idea is to not let petty annoyances, emotions, or “passions” distract you from fully engaging in the present moment. (This piggybacks off of what we discussed yesterday about living in the moment.)

The Stoics believed that loss is one of life’s only constants. And the best way to deal with it is to fully engage with what we have while we have it.

It’s the ultimate philosophy of #NoRagrets.

For Stilbo, the goal was to love and appreciate each moment so fully, that when loss eventually arrived, it held no real power.

For a deeper analysis of stoicism and Stilbo’s story, tune in below. 😎👇

Mission Daily
Stoic Insights for Happier Relationships

Focusing on personal growth is the best way to show commitment in our relationships. In this episode, Chad and Ian discuss mental practices that will help you appropriately value time with those you care about.

Deep Dive
Curiosity + Growth = Satisfaction

“Curiosity + Growth = Satisfaction, meaning, and a journey which is a joy to reflect on. This is one of the master equations for relationships. It leads towards upliftingrelationships which get better with time, and offers us memories to reflect on when we face future loss. The journey becomes the reward, and we explore and live life fully.”

Read the essay.

Add This To Your Bookshelf:
Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium

On the surface, stoicism seems uncaring and anti-emotion. Seneca helps shift that perspective. In these letters, he “transforms [Stoicism] into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.”

Check it out.

Music To Help You Focus At Work

Need something to drown out the noise of the office dog barking or Nancy chowingdown on her carrot-filled salad?

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