Day Ten: Disaster

I spent most of yesterday catching up with the last three days of blog posts, working from notes made during my Phoenix trip. Today, I am reporting back to work. 

I have two personal challenges going on this week. Waking up at 5:00am instead of 5:30-6:00 and 30 days without energy drinks. 

30 day challenge to deal with energy drink addiction. No energy drinks from Jan. 8-Feb 8.

The Disaster Show

Go back and read Day One for a bulleted list of all the series of disasters I’ve faced in the last 2-3 years, with their roots going back for many years. 

Deng Ming-Dao says to remember our goals, which brings me to another tool I’ve been using, recommended by my friend Shauna “WhiskeyChick” Castorena, blogger at

Its called a “bullet journal” and its all the rage in the productivity community right now. Go to for more information, or watch the demonstration video on YouTube.

“Disasters may well change us deeply, but they will pass. We must keep to our deepest convictions and remember our goals. Whether we remain ash or become the phoenix is up to us.”

-Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao

The Daily Stoic: Seeking Steadiness, Stability, & Tranquility

“Well, it’s not luck. It’s not by eliminating outside influences or running away to quiet and solitude. Instead, it’s about filtering the outside world through the straightener of our judgment. That’s what our reason can do—it can take the crooked, confusing, and overwhelming nature of external events and make them orderly.”

I find it interesting how so far both books, 365 Tao and The Daily Stoic are taking parallel paths through the same struggles. 



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