The basics. I love kung fu, surfing, meditation, reading, writing, medicine, science, art, and almost every subject that exists. I care about the big picture because it allows me to step back and see patterns in the world. I care about the details because everything matters, every breath, every thought, every action, and every mistake matter. You are everything that you think, you do, and you don’t do.
It seems complicated, but it’s not. I pay attention because it matters, but once the action is done, it only matters as a pattern. If the pattern is what you want your life to be, then your past is good. If it’s not what you want, change it. It’s that simple, and that hard. Every moment you change your thought you change your pattern. Life moves like the mountains, so slowly that you cannot see it if you don’t pay attention.
That is everything of my life. I watch my pattern and change it as I can. I study to find better ways to become what I want to be. I teach because that is the best way to learn. Truth is the focus of my life. I am honest with others because it allows me to see when I lie. I’ll lie to protect a secret that is not mine, or when there is no need for someone to know something. I’d lie to save a life, or distract someone. I lie in humor, and I lie to myself so that I can become something I’m not.
I won’t lie to protect your feelings, or mine. I won’t lie to take from someone else, or to keep something that is not mine. I have lost relationships to truth, and I have lost friends. Not always because of the truth I tell, but because of the lies I cannot.
Someone once told me I wear all my gold and all my shit for the world to see, and it scared her. I choose to be this way, and every time I ask myself the question, I choose to continue along this path. God never gives us more than we can handle, but we always pile more on his gifts. I just try to minimize my contribution.
I am rarely what anyone expects, even people who have known me my whole life. I have my lines, and whatever you believe, you will not make it across them. Most people never even see the lines are there.
Know thyself and you will know all there is to know in the worlds of gods and men.