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The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on the Art of Living Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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About the Author
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of multiple books, including The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy. His books have been translated in twenty languages and his writing has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Entrepreneur and Fast Company. He lives in Austin, Texas. Visit www.DailyStoic.com.
Stephen Hanselman has worked for more than three decades in publishing as a bookseller, publisher and literary agent. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he received a master's degree while also studying extensively in Harvard's philosophy department. He lives with his family in South Orange, New Jersey.
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I am thoroughly enjoying the reflective questions that The Daily Stoic provides. Sometimes, I can answer the questions right away and other times I may write "I'll get back to this one" so that I can reflect on it as I don't always have an immediate answer. I have written all of this to encourage others to give this book a try. It is 365 days of thoughts and reflections that are not always comfortable to face, but I think it is worth it.
I’ve recently discovered journal prompts in online journal/blog communities, exploring a more structured and deliberate way of writing about my experiences. I've worked with these on and off for a little while now, but for some reason, nothing has really taken hold. The prompts are like "Describe the time when you first fell in love" or "What is the most valuable object you've inherited?" I mean, get it, they are meant to prompt you to just start writing with the idea that at some point, you will write about what's really important to you. But those prompts seem superficial and are often uninspiring. Because what is important to me is figuring out why I do/think/feel the way I do, how predictable those actions/thoughts/feelings are, how those actions/thoughts/feelings have changed over time, and how I should act and decide things right now and going forward.
I have been reading The Daily Stoic this past year. When I got the promotional material for The Daily Stoic Journal, and checked out the sample pages, I ordered it immediately. The few questions that I read in the sample resonated, and on November 19, upon receiving my book in the mail, responded to the question: "Will I accept the situation and still fight to do and be good?" I created a Word document on my laptop and named it "A Stoic Journal 2017-2018." I typed out the question and starting typing a response. In 20 minutes I had written just under 1000 words, describing a challenging period of my life when I felt I was being intimidated and accused of wrongdoing. I had written (complained) about this unwanted situation previously, but this prompt helped me to write about it in a focused way that made a lesson out of it for me, encouraging me to look for how I fought to do and be good in spite of being wrongfully accused. It helped me to accept what I had been through and that it actually was an opportunity to learn something new about myself and make me stronger. I have responded to the journal prompts in The Daily Stoic Journal almost every day since and it's my goal to continue throughout the year.
If you are interested in learning more about yourself and the lessons that you can teach yourself through your own life experiences, I highly recommend this practice!
Obviously I just started using the book but I have browsed the entirety. It certainly looks as if it will serve a purpose over the course of the year.
My only complaint...I wish the preset dates were removed. It would be much better to get started right away and have the first entry not be January 1st.
Because of my experience in Stoicism, my acquaintance with the author, and the idea behind this, I thought I'd give this a try. I was not disappointed. I have used this faithfully since it arrive 2 weeks ago. It is now part of my daily routine. Well written, insightful, useful and chock full of stoic wisdom.
I highly recommend this to anyone that knows the benefits of journaling and seeks an easy way to dive into Stoicism, or just wants to spark their creativity and intuition.
Ryan, I have 2 practical suggestions. The lack of bulk of the journal is a plus, however it is too small and cramped for most people's handwriting...and given the fact that "millenials" et al have terrible script, it is challenging to add entries. I feel it should a) leave somewhat larger spaces for journal entries, and b) be in a lay-open format making it more inviting to write in.