If you do this long enough, you’ll build distain for the artificial. The fashion, the image, the branding- it’s manipulation and the weak are a perfect receptacle for it. Rather than the arduous conviction of personal development, buy this cool shirt and be a beast today. No work, no effort, no experience. A world duped by image. Reliance of the self has no need for outside influences. For it is that very need which becomes your weakness; your crutch. Without it, you crumble. The hippest new equipment, styles, and brands seduce you into comfortability. They give you a lens to view the world and your role in it; ideology. And when you fail as we all do, you’ve got a fallback; a scapegoat. “I didn’t fail, it was something, anything other than me.” Growth and learning are choked out to save the ego.
The path to Self-Mastery is untethered from the dependency of things and ideologies. Lighten the load and strip the fat, then you will glide through this world like the warrior you hope to be.
featured shot ✦
taken by: @pavloom✦
location: Southwick, MA✦
selected by: @chris.boyd2008 ✦ Running toward spring - 5 days away!. Thank you for sharing your view of western Mass via the #igers413 tag. ✦ #igers413_pavloom
Mm, doughnuts. Here’s another fun food pic from @foodtravelist’s visit to our area! ⋄
photo by: @foodtravelist ⋄
location: Northampton ⋄
Add #othersidema to your photos taken in Hampshire County and we will repost our favorites. ⋄
Along our forest trail. Old friends. Gentle Wood Giants you can meet, greet, and lean into along the way. A blessing to know them for over forty years. Maple, Oak, Beech, Pine and more offer sanctuary to the soul. And, yes, your blood pressure will benefit too.