The wages of harmony are peace. Inside with yourself, outside with everyone else. In some ways it’s harder to work to treat yourself right than it is to give in to all the rotten thoughts you have about yourself. But it’s the kind of effort we feel is well worth making.
~Terry Dobson, Victor Miller, “The Most Hostile Aggressor of All,” Aikido in Everyday Life
I still have a lot to learn. Learning to be kind to myself will be a lifelong lesson, and perhaps something I will never fully understand in this lifetime. At the very least, I should learn to wage this conflict without collateral damage, namely, the people around me.