Archive for September, 2009

On Enemies

Posted in Self-improvement on September 29, 2009 by Fax

Old me is almost gone.

Change started roughly 3 years ago, and though I intend to keep changing with every breath the parts of me that I didn’t like are almost all taken care of. It’s been one hell of a roller-coaster, guys, the process has been amazing.

What didn’t I like? Mostly the fact that I wasn’t getting dirty enough. In every sense you can imagine.

Life is short, play in the rain.

Most of the changing process has been intended, but it is still funny that I notice change, or evolution, most frequently by reflection, by outside feedback.

And while I get people liking me more the way I am now, I also get to make enemies – it is now part of the equation too. It’s only natural: I say what I mean and I do what I say, and I can’t please everyone. Among the displeased people, a few will get pretty pissed. Here is a very good way to sum it up, and it was one of the most important lessons I have learned:

No Enemies, by Claude McKay

You have no enemies, you say?
Alas, my friend, the boast is poor.
He who has mingled in the fray of duty
that the brave endure, must have made foes.
If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done.

You’ve hit no traitor on the hip.
You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip.
You’ve never turned the wrong to right.
You’ve been a coward in the fight.