Philosophy as Medicine of the Soul
“Don’t return to philosophy as a task-master, but as patients seek out relief in a treatment of sore eyes, or a dressing for a burn, or from an ointment. Regarding it this way, you’ll obey reason without putting it on display and rest easy in its care.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.9
Exercise sharpens the body, reading sharpens the mind, philosophy sharpens the soul. They all interact, instead of being siloed.
As the All Blacks would say, “Better people make better All Blacks.” Cultivating all three components is how you become a better person.
I’m not sure if it’s poor sleep leading to a lack of observations, or maybe there are less “aha!” moments now that it’s been over 3 weeks I’m here. That said, I’ve definitely cemented some concepts I want to explore while I’m here.
- How to deliver culture change
- Thinking more about the use of training different contraction types for paddling sports. This reminds me, I should get in touch with Bob Bowman.
Also, coaching somebody who only speaks Japanese…That was interesting. Need to embrace that challenge, because it can/will make me better.
Beethoven composed the Ninth Symphony without his hearing. Grant Achatz lost his ability to taste, which he says made him into a better chef. Steve Magness had to deal with many different things, and always figured out a way to improve despite it. No reason I can’t do the same.