Decision-making damage control

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“No carelessness in your actions. No confusion in your words. No imprecision in your thoughts.” — Marcus Aurelius

Ben has accepted that once he makes a decision, he can’t control the way people respond to it. So he doesn’t care what people think of him. He also realizes that the worst case scenario, as a result of his decision, nine times out of ten, won’t be that bad. Ben then decides to make his decision based on this rationale.

The one time out of ten has now happened to Ben as a result of his decision.

The worst case scenario…


Making Life-Changing Decisions for Ourselves

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Video meliora, proboque, deteriora sequor.
I see better things, and approve, but I follow worse.— Ovid, Metamorphoses

What is the biggest motivator for making life-changing decisions? Why do some people, suddenly, decide to get up and do something about their unhappiness? And why is it that some people sit sighing to themselves on the sidelines, wishing they were those people? What’s separates the bold from the stagnant? Genetics? Priviledge? Fear?

I pondered these questions while I was at the gym the other day. For the past 8 years, weight training has been a part of my morning routine. …


Interview with author and CBT therapist, Donald Robertson

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Sometimes we all feel a bit stuck. Perhaps you’re making no headway with an important project or task. Perhaps you’re just feeling stuck in general, when you think about your life as a whole.

Some people get stuck and remain stuck for a long time. That can be the cause of a lot of suffering for them. It can also lead to other problems, such as through the wider and longer-term impact on their confidence, mental or physical health, work, studies, or their relationships with other people.

Some of us really struggle to get unstuck. However, there are others who…


How to stop overreacting to silence from your partner.

Here’s a couple of questions for you…

  1. Does any amount of silence between you and your partner bother you?
  2. Are you uncomfortable with being uncertain of what your partner is thinking a vast majority of the time?
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If you answered yes to these questions, well, then what you’re actually uncomfortable with is being in your own skin.

As someone who has struggled with low self-esteem and codependency throughout their life, I’m quite familiar with what it’s like to be unnerved by silence from your partner — even if it’s just for 10 minutes. I too have been habitually neurotic in…


Stoic practices to prevent being so hurt

Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been. — Marcus Aurelius

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When I was younger — in my mid-20s — I had a very strong, ego driven, sense of entitlement about my feelings. However, if you asked me to tell you about myself, I would have said that, of course, I was the most humble person you’d ever meet. I was deluding myself, though.

I remember being in a squabble back then with a family member, about some work I was doing for them. …


I recently had the honor and privilege of interviewing Red Pen Media’s newest editor, Irene Velentzas.

She’s currently a doctoral candidate completing her dissertation in comics theory. Her background is academic as well as creative, with a great deal of passion for editing graphic narratives at all stages from inception through to completion.

Irene has also edited a few creative texts, a few academic texts, as well as written a fair amount of criticism for The Comics Journal. …


So there I was… bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with my first comic book. It was 2015 and I had arrived, baby! Yes, sir, this 22-page bad boy was my ticket! I wrote a thing!

Norah #1 saw its debut at the Midwest’s largest comic convention, Chicago’s C2E2. Source Point Press’ publisher booth had a cozy corner spot and I couldn’t wait for people to line up and meet me, the AUTHOR! The only problem? No one cared.

In that first hour, I watched fans rush around with bags full of Funkos while fellow writer, Greg Wright, pitched his comic books to…


Warning: If you’re offended by strong language, graphic content, or Death Metal (or if you don’t have a funny bone in your body), do not read on.

Back in 2006, I was really into watching a series of mature (or not-so mature) animated programming on Cartoon Network’s, Adult Swim. The late night line-up featured the show Metalocalypse. It’s about a fictional Scandinavian Death Metal band, called Dethklok, with a following so strong, it ranks them as the seventh strongest economy in the world. So as I said, purely fictitious and very funny in my opinion.

An episode came to mind…


I’m coming up on a strange anniversary.

The anniversary of an incident that would change the course of my life. Two days, August 3rd, 2020, marks one year since I suffered an “injury” that would put me out of work for a year.

Over the last six years, the indie comic book world has come to know me as a published writer, editor, and direct sales motivator. However, like most hardworking tradesmen and women in this industry, books weren’t what was keeping the lights on. …

Kasey Pierce

Editor of forthcoming “Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius” and “365 Ways to Be More Stoic”. Writer/creator of sci-fi comic series, “Norah”.

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