September 23, Day 266: Conquering the Self: Obviously All of These Posts Are about This Biggest Challenge

If we are lucky enough to live a vigorous, exciting, interesting, healthy life with longevity it is necessary to conquer the self. When I started this project I would not have used the phrase to “conquer the self.” And as the year and the postings have gone on—there is no other explanation.

I doubt that anyone lives to a ripe old age without making many good choices daily.

This week I have been referring to verses from Chapter 8, Thousands from The Dhammapada by Siddhartha Gautama. Verse 4 is eloquent and succinct:

“One may conquer a million men in a single battle;

However, the greatest and best warrior

Conquers himself.”

Let’s recognize and congratulate ourselves for all the times we have been and are conquering ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

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