Kierkegaard once claimed that anxiety is our “best teacher.” He was correct, to a point. By underscoring the tensions in our minds and goading us to action, anxiety does indeed teach us. But as the chronic sufferer discovers, the best teacher is not anxiety itself but the ceaseless, lifelong effort to think clearly and act well in spite of it. To do that you need certain qualities — the ones my brother Scott isolated in his book of wisdom: simplicity, mindfulness, pragmatism, stoicism.
In a preview of celebrity magazine cover techniques, a popular image of Abraham Lincoln is actually his head grafted to the more majestic body of John Calhoun, a senator and vice president. Description from nytimes.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images