Here’s Looking at Nothing, Kid

Day 5 of A Year of War and Peace

Party is over, time to go home


Unhappiness is all too common. Like Prince Andrei, the events in our life can really drag us down. Life’s challenges are like hip-hop: they can’t stop, they won’t stop. So what should we do when life’s plans contradict our life plans? My general response is to wallow away into a sad gallon of cookie dough ice cream and binge watch The Office on Netflix. Epictetus has a pro-tip that might — maybe — be more helpful: Acceptance.

This is the fifth installment in a daily, yearlong, chapter-by-chapter reading devotional and meditation on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. For more information on this project please read the introduction to the series here.

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For my friends and family, love. For my enemies, durian fruit.

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