I am a programmer, artist, lover, fighter, warrior, peacemaker. My life is not a contradiction, nor confusion, I know what I am and where I am going. I love the blindfold of life, sharp corners, blind spots, because I love life. I am the peaceful warrior, I follow the ways of the warrior, honor, and integrity. I have done many wrong things in my life. I have been to jail. I have saved lives, and spoken in front of hundreds of people about how to live a good life. I have lead a confused, drug and violence filled life. I have been rich, and I have eaten from trashcans. I have loved and I have been loved. I have cheated and been cheated upon. I have worked for people, and I have and do own my own business. My life is the continuing story of someone who will change the world.
this is a quote from a favorite book of mine (the book of five rings by miyamoto musashi): The Void What is called the spirit of the void is where there is nothing. It is not included in man's knowledge. Of course the void is nothingness. By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. That is the void.
People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
In the Way of strategy, also, those who study as warriors think that whatever they cannot understand in their craft is the void. This is not the true void.
To attain the Way of strategy as a warrior you must study fully other martial arts and not deviate even a little from the Way of the warrior. With your spirit settled, accumulate practice day by day, and hour by hour. Polish the twofold spirit heart and mind, and sharpen the twofold gaze perception and sight. When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.
Until you realise the true Way, whether in Buddhism or in common sense, you may think that things are correct and in order. However, if we look at things objectively, from the viewpoint of laws of the world, we see various doctrines departing from the true Way. Know well this spirit, and with forthrightness as the foundation and the true spirit as the Way. Enact strategy broadly, correctly and openly.
Then you will come to think of things in a wide sense and, taking the void as the Way, you will see the Way as void.
In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness.
When you decide to attack, keep calm and dash in quickly, forestalling the enemy. Or you can advance seemingly strongly but with a reserved spirit, forestalling him with the reserve.
Alternately, advance with as strong a spirit as possible, and when you reach the enemy move with your feet a little quicker than normal, unsettling him and overwhelming him sharply.
Or, with your spirit calm, attack with a feeling of constantly crushing the enemy, from first to last. The spirit is to win in the depths of the enemy.
What miyamoto teaches can be applied to everyday life. Learn it, Live it, Love yourself. There is only one person who will get you through life: You.