Annette Clancy spotted Mark Vernon’s How to Live Well in 2010. Not your typical list of new year resolutions but some thought provoking ideas inspired by ancient philosophers. This one particularly caught my eye:
Do something that will surprise your friends and you. One day Diogenes the Cynic observed a mouse running about. He was shocked at how free it was, and how inhibited he was in comparison. Immediately, he took up residence in a barrel. His philosophy was that conventions trap us. So try breaking one or two, he’d say. A real taste of liberty will be yours.