I give my attention to
poetry, love, philosophy
want attention and promotion.
I enjoy these benefits too
but not at the expense of negative emotions.
I don’t limit myself.
I set my eyes on loftier goals.
Any resentment, I feel
or injustice, done
as emotional fuel
for my art.
Who are the people we encounter on the road?
Their rage comes from impotence and impatience
Am I helpless, if I don’t compete?
What can I win, if I don’t act?
I don’t want to pretend.
If someone deals with me, disrespectfully
and they do it again and again
What does that say about me?
Can I really stop someone, who wants to go?
If someone insults me, and I offer a cleverer insult
and then they pull a gun
who has won?
You don’t deserve it, but you tolerate it
what choice do you have?
You could move-on, for them
but you will find difficult people
everywhere you go.
Perhaps, they consider
your decision, not to react
or you are shamed in a social situation,
group think, believes
you don’t know what you’re talking about
and the incompetent person does—
until you recognize
the test; and what you need to know
How do you navigate people?
Who are you? What weaknesses lie within?
Attacks are not deserved, but how we respond to them, tells us about who we are
Where does your power come from?
You can understand the intricacies of human nature
but that doesn’t change human beings
All it gives you
is the ability to respond
Nobody can make you feel bad about yourself
and when the collective attacks come
You stand alone.
I wish there was an easier message
but often, standing alone
makes you strong.
Believing in yourself, when no one else will
is what it takes.
The people who we deal with,
who don’t like us
take their cues from us—we don’t like them
and it shows.
This battle that we are in
tries to teach us, who we are
by giving us wounds.
We have to fight back, but with restraint
we must be cunning, turning our enemies into friends.
Honor, in combat—
it’s a social war
and if we learn to love reality
we can endure.
Most people can’t.
They burn out
and don’t believe victory is possible
because they don’t know who the enemy is—
it’s yourself—it always was.
Was anything gained,
and why does it have to be this way?
It could be so simple, but it’s not.
Most people are overwhelmed
and their problems spill-over onto others.
Their enjoyment is gone
because they have too much.
Climbing higher, is a measurement tool
because it’s harder at the top.
I don’t envy a lofty position
because I see their torment
and their lack of tools
to deal with
and where it has taken them.
When a person is ready
they should climb higher
to test their ability.
in the eyes of men
What matters in the end? –A superfast sports car, that has to go 35 miles-per-hour in town, with accompanying road rage?
It’s the test that matters
and the grade you give yourself.