I was the happy recipient of a kidney transplant on Melbourne Cup Day (1 November) 2011.
But coming up to my third transplantiversary (2014), I realised that I had let “real” life get in the way of all those wonderful things I said I would do when the transplant came through. I suspected that the precious gift of new life was wasted on me.
I am a philosopher of the Ancient Greek philosophical school of Stoicism. As such, I believe that when we thoughtfully develop virtue (or excellence), we learn to control ourselves and our reactions.
We grow the kind of self-control and grit/strength/courage that brings happiness in the face of change and adversity. Or as the ancients called it, flourishing. Which in modern times is usually interpreted as a good life.
My Life Worth Living Project is my attempt to answer the eternal philosophical question of what makes a good life. In particular a good life for me. It’s working out what my ideal universe looks like, and setting some goals to help get me closer.
Here’s the story so far:
Plan • Q1 Review • Q2 Review • Q4 Review • End of Year
Monthly Progress Reports
January • February • March • April • May • June • July • August • September • October • November • December
Planning for the Development of Virtue
Planning Beauty (Body) • Planning Beauty (Presence) • Planning Beauty (Home) • Planning Beauty (Garden) • Planning Friendship (Creatures) • Planning Friendship (Friends) • Planning Friendship (Family) • Planning Friendship (Contribution) • Planning Pleasure • Planning Wealth • Planning Wisdom
Mid-Year Review of the Development of Virtue
Mid-year Review Beauty (Body) • Mid-year Review Beauty (Presence) • Mid-year Review Beauty (Home) • Mid-year Review Beauty (Garden) • Mid-year Review Friendship (Creatures) • Mid-year Review Friendship (Friends, Family & Contribution) • Mid-year Review Pleasure • Mid-year Review Wealth • Mid-year Review Wisdom
More on the Virtues
The image used above is a painting dated 1905 by Ambrose Dyson (1876 – 1913) dedicated to Bland Hold (Actor 1851 – 1942), via State Library Victoria.