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?