Finding Balance

Recently, a friend of mine was talking with me. He told me he’d been reading stuff here and he was concerned.

I asked him why, and he responded, “Because the stuff you’re talking about, it can build up in someone. Over time, they can become¬†too¬†aggressive and you’re not talking about ways to ramp that down.”

It’s a fair point. I haven’t been.

So, I need to step back and fix this. After all, I can tell you all day long that despite being Barbarians, you still have to play by society’s rules, but if you don’t know how to ramp things back (and most of you actually do), then you’re screwed.

You need to have a way to find balance between the naked aggression many of us feel in our very souls and the need to step back and let things either unfold as they must or just fizzle out.

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Can Hobbies Teach Life Lessons?

As some of you may know, in addition to all the other stuff I write, I’m something of a novelist. I haven’t put a book out in a while, but I’ve published four full-length novels so far, so it’s something I’ve done.

Anyway, I’m working on another and during my planning, I hit on the idea of the teacher of great warriors insisting his students learn various crafts (occupations of the day, hobbies today, by and large). Mostly, it was because the characters need to earn money, but I needed to come up with another reason.

When I stumbled upon it, though, I realized it doesn’t just apply to fictional characters. It applies to all of us.

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