May 18

Look for the * for today’s advice.



Bertrand Russell 1872

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The need to be tolerant of the belief and views of others: Though Russell described himself as an atheist and on some occasions as an agnostic, he was very tolerant of the religious beliefs and opinions of other people. He never denied the existence of God and neither did he acknowledge his existence. He was once believed to have said he cannot deny the existence of the Christian God just the same way that he cannot deny the existence of the Olympic god. His opinion on religion was that despite its positive benefits, it is mostly harmful to people. But despite his stand on the subject of religion, he never condemned the followers or adherents of any religion. This proves the need for tolerance and respect for the views of others even if you don’t believe in such views.

He was arguably the greatest philosopher of the 20th century and the greatest logician since Aristotle. Analytic philosophy, the dominant philosophy of the twentieth century, owes its existence more to Russell than to any other philosopher.

*Respect the views of others even if you don’t believe in them.


Reggie Jackson 1946

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He no longer squats but does quad and hamstring work to keep things in balance

*Do this quad and hamstring workout and think about how Mr. October was born in May.


Pope John Paul II 1920

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John Paul II didn’t become a heroic soul despite his suffering, he became one precisely because of it. His response to personal pain wasn’t to retreat from the world, but to embrace it with the love of Jesus himself, whose Sacred Heart is simultaneously the icon of profound pain and perfect charity.

*Embrace personal pain and grow from it.


Jens Bergensten 1979

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Sure, the money was flooding in, but mainly as an excuse not to do the boring stuff, right? The kind of stuff that Jens very much associated with working for a company like Microsoft.

*It’s an existential crisis. Could you be happy making lots of money for doing something boring? Maybe – until you’ve made enough to do what you want to do.


Jack Johnson 1975

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“Don’t let your dreams be dreams.”

Make dreams your reality, bring them to actuality, and strive to conquer all you set your mind to. The most dangerous setbacks that we may face are the limitations of which we place on our own minds.

*Make your dreams a reality and listen to Jack Johnson for inspiration.


Tina Fey 1970 – Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil

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In an episode called “Sandwich Day,” the special hoagie set aside for Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is stolen, so her colleagues spend the day trying to find her another amazing Italian grinder like this one, which is piled high with grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella and basil.

*Listen to Jack Johnson while making this sandwich and then enjoy it while watching 30 Rock – “Sandwich Day.”

SNUB – Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

Review –

  • Respect the views of others
  • Quad and hamstring workout
  • Embrace personal pain and grow from it
  • Can you make money if you’re bored?
  • Listen to Jack Johnson
  • Make an amazing Italian grinder

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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