Lessons from a turtle

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616 When I was a young boy, summers were spent playing ball and fishing. Baseball took only a small portion of the time; our favored activity was fishing. Now, you shouldn’t confuse what we called fishing with what the serious angler does. We had very limited equipment: generally a homemade or cane pole, some fishing line, and whatever sort of hook we could find. Buying bait was out of the question; we dug up worms or caught crickets …
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Lessons in fear from the whaling ship Essex

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius 121 – 180 AD On August 12, 1819, the whale ship Essex and its crew of 29 sailors set out from Nantucket, Massachusetts on what was intended to be a two and a half year journey to whaling grounds off the west coast of South America. Only two days after leaving port, the Essex encountered a storm that did considerable damage to the vessel. But …
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Dealing with fear

Fear is sharp-sighted and can see things underground, and much more in the skies. Miguel de Cervantes 1547 – 1616 I read certain comic strips on a regular basis. Many days they’re funny, but sometimes, they also contain unbelievable wisdom. A Luann strip from several years ago fit in the latter category: it contained a world of wisdom in just four small panels. The main character of the comic is Luann, a teenage girl, but this particular strip was about her older brother Brad, a single man employed as a firefighter. Brad has a crush on Toni, a beautiful young …
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