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Cope, survive, thrive

Two days ago, I looked away from the screen and rested my eyes on my bookshelf. I noticed a book that I had read more than fifteen years ago when I was discovering my newfound love of outdoors—Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales. It recounts “true stories of miraculous endurance and sudden death” of people who found themselves stranded after natural or human-made disasters, climbing accidents, airplanes crashing in the mountains, and similar. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the book has shaped my adult life and me as a person.

  • survive (verb): continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship

In the appendix, the author distills twelve points that stand out concerning how survivors think and behave in the clutch of mortal danger. I’ll list them here and add my thoughts that are relevant to the current global situation. Read more

COVID-19 pandemic

A snapshot of a dashboard by Johns Hopkins University for
global tracking of COVID-19 confirmed cases.

May you live in interesting times, people say. And interesting they are. Panic has gripped the public, and the global pandemic is on everyone’s mind. The zeitgeist is such that even considering discussing something other than the virus feels wrong. So, let’s write about the virus, or more precisely, the situation caused by it. Read more

Living and learning

In a span of several days, I encountered two statements that resonated with the lifelong learner in me.

As long as you live, learn how to live.

— Seneca

And …

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.

— Mahatma Gandhi

These two people lived in different times and cultures, but still managed to share a desire for self-improvement.

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