I love that you read the Stoics. Now those were some top people in their line of “work”. Even if we don’t practice everything they taught, we are steps beyond those who don’t even bother to learn.
Brian Brewington I really enjoyed this. I will admit, the first few top writer emails I got made me a bit giddy. I didn’t grow up in a time of participation trophies. You earned one or you went home empty handed. I’ve rarely ever “won” anything in life, so for a fleeting moment, it was nice to get some recognition.
Then, like you, I realized that it really doesn’t mean shit to anyone other than me. And you know what? That’s okay too.
I always enjoy your writing. And don’t be so hard on yourself, you do have a lot to teach, as long as anyone is willing to listen.