Clint Robert Murphy

A LIFE JOURNEY

Amor Fati

Amor Fati is a Latin phrase that could be translated as either “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate”. A central tenet of the ancient and practial philosophy of Stoicism, it is often represented by the symbol of fire. As Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic Emperor of Rome, wrote a blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.

He also expressed his own version of Amor Fati when he said all that is in accord with you is in accord with me, O World! Nothing which occurs at the right time for you comes too soon or too late for me. All that your seasons produce, O Nature, is fruit for me.

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In Principle 6 – Never Stop Learning, one of the recommended ways of learning was to read voraciously.

What does that mean though?

How do I read to learn?

Read on to find out.

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Principle 5 is near and dear to my heart.

Principle 6 is more than that. It is both my greatest strength and one of my core values.

While I did not necessarily do well in school growing up, one thing I acquired was a love and passion for learning.

If there is ever a point in my life where I stop learning, it will likely mean that I have died. Until then, I will continue to learn, evolve and grow. Day in. Day out.

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Principle 5 is near and dear to my heart.

My whole life, cardiovascular fitness has been something that set me apart.

Growing up, I played practically every major N. American sport, most of them at a reasonably high level.

As I aged, I focused more on school, learning, work and family and gave up on my cardiovascular fitness.

Two of my greatest achievements in life that have had significant health impacts are: Ironman Canada 2010 and my 2017 / 2018 running streak.

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Man or Woman, there is something to be said for strength.

Increased strength can improve your quality of life and help with doing everyday activities:

  • Improved balance
  • Decreased risk of falls
  • Ability to carry groceries
  • Getting in and out of chairs

These are some simple activities that get harder as we age.

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