17. Through, not around. (2010)

Let the simple have their simple victories…

Our victories of ego need only be over ourselves. Nothing petty need be illustrated with posturing, silly slander or false bravado when you have found and remain on a brave path. Hold yourself accountable for your stumbles or shortcomings, but share credit with the community that supports you for your triumphs.

This sentiment can be applied to something as simple as someone racing to pass you in their car, intentionally inconveniencing you at the grocery store, or transparently poking fun at you in a feeble attempt to heal a bruised ego. All are wastes of energy to respond to, and indulging them in any way will often do more to take away from your daily mission than to honor it.

Simple people fight simple battles. It’s… simple. Skip it.

Be a lion in the path, knowing which harmless creatures to let by, and which to take the effort to devour.

If your intention is to destroy, do so with ferocity and malice.

If your intention is to annoy, acknowledge the triviality of such acts.