Siege Diaries 8/12/2021

Today’s Daily Stoic writing prompt: Am I making this philosophy my own by putting it into practice?

The associated meditation has some thoughts that made a lot of sense to me: to feel free to take and adapt philosophical concepts to make them my own and meaningful to me.

For many years, I’ve been an eclectic. That means I’m open to finding wisdom wherever I encounter it. And that process of discovering that wisdom is part of the impetus for me to always seek it. I’m also very much interested in seeing things through other perspectives besides mine. The result is I end up following no star but my own—although I am cognizant that that star is part of a larger constellation. I am my own person, but I am not alone.

Today the rains held off—meaning that we’ve made it through the entire vacation with only a single cloudburst yesterday that lasted about ten minutes.

Today we took a look at the locks at Kingston Mills. They are the first three locks on the Rideau Canal and date as far back as the early 19th century. They’re also still operational and opened by hand.