It gets under our skin, insanity. When the attacks come, they start manipulative, shaming, pushing guilt, placing blame, and making you think you’re the crazy one who needs help. It only grow bigger and bigger, especially when you go along with it. Insanity, after all, is a distorted perspective of the world. If you let your crazy abusers think they are stronger than they are, their craziness will grow, along with their unfettered willingness to throw a dangerous fit when finally confronted.
The best way out is to call it out, the sooner the better. Call crazy what it is. · · · →
Patience requires that we don’t do injury beyond the villain’s. So, someone did it to you. It was wrong. You’re right. They deserve something. You deserve something else to have happened. But, if you respond at a higher level of cruelty, you become the new villain.
This is a constraint that both requires and cultivates patience. Consider the kung fu master who doesn’t need to land a single strike in order to win a fight. He’s so good that he dodges every attack, wears out his assailant to a point of error, then declares victory with a single, gentle hold. · · · →
It seems second-priority and a healthy body only makes for a healthy corpse in the end. We can’t take any of it with us, not even the body we trudge around in for nearly a century. But, health has its advantages.
A healthy body makes for a healthy mind, which makes for healthy decisions and quality work. Whether in art, labor, or study, the same blood flows through your feet as that three-bound inspiration blob between your ears.
Don’t make it about vanity nor indulgence. Make a habit of pushing past thresholds of pain. Health wants a challenge to overcome. · · · →