The Cycle of Life

There is a rhythm in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. There is a rhythm in the Way of the merchant, of becoming rich and of losing one’s fortune, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling rhythm.

— Musashi Miyamoto, The Book fo Five Rings

The rising and falling – fortune and misfortune, life and death, happiness and misery. No king rules forever. Life is a sequence of rising and falling, of death and rebirth.

During your life, if you are learning and growing, you will rise and fall many times. If you try to build a fortress around yourself to prevent the fall, you will not grow – and you will inevitably fall anyway.

And when you get out from under the rubble, and you see the world outside the fortress after so many years of self-imposed exile … Will you recognise it?