Thank you so much for this introspective thread and for the kindness of your words.
I continue to enjoy your presence on this forum and thank you for your ever insightful comments. You have become a best of friends with your loyalty… keen mental discernment and good judgment in your posts, that I always look forward to reading.
Any one who purports to teach "self defense" should exhort their pupils to explore and learn as much as they can, from others, and about themselves.
Exploring the self, as you point out, is probably the most overlooked component mired in the denial stages of people's lives_ possibly because Human self-reflection can be scary as hell.
This penultimate scene of the Admonitions Scroll _shows a palace lady sitting in quiet contemplation, presumably following the admonitions in the accompanying lines: "Therefore I say: Be cautious and circumspect in all you do, and from this good fortune will arise. Calmly and respectfully think about your actions, and honor and fame will await you."