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Some days, life feels like this and everywhere you look it seems like pointed things are flying our way.

It takes very little strength to attack someone even if we are hurting

It takes even greater strength and courage to not attack especially when we are hurting.

The philosophy of Aikido can be thought of as "non-violent," but that is a bit too simplistic.  To me, the philosophy of Aikido is one of understanding which brings about compassion.  To understand our opponent's suffering is to understand our own suffering.  They deserve kindness, compassion and forgiveness just as we do.  To destroy them is to destroy ourselves. hanh