musashi 21 principles - principle 9

This article is the Ninth Principle in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life.

Musashi’s 21 Principles

Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi.

Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others.

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Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others. | Principle 9

Complainers never win.

Neither do critics. Or haters.

You have two choices against problems: Stare, and wallow in self-pity, watching others solve their problems, while you cry; hating them for having some type of “privilege”, resenting their talent–or; turn your mind off and solve your problems.

Happiness isn’t the meaning of life

Happiness is a Christmas present with red wrapping and a green bow. Happiness doesn’t come around often; feels good when it does. Happiness is a terrible milestone to base your performance on. Or, alternatively, to base your position in life upon how happy you feel. Happiness waits on the other side of obstacles.

Every challenge you face is a dragon sitting inside a castle. Once you kill the dragon, if you kill the dragon, the gold is yours. Most people see the dragon and quit. Be different. Look at your fears as a trail of M&M’s leading you somewhere fresh. Eat your fears along the way.

Happiness is short-form enjoyment–pleasure: here for a moment and gone too soon.

Instead of being happy – be content

You don’t need Ecstasy–you need content. When all is right in your community. That’s when your content. When there’s no debt to pay. No one owns you, except, maybe an employer, but you have enough savings to handle anything.

Happiness leaves. Happiness leaves holes. Happiness is the shovel breaking the earth, but never putting anything to fill the holes. Later, thousands of holes remind you of how you once felt; but don’t feel now.

Being content is different. Contentment is the sky–always there, but you won’t see until you look up. Optimism. It’s impossible to be content with a sour attitude.

Happiness is a garden mole.

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Happiness springs up from the ground like a geyser of dirt, in the front yard, your conscious mind. Sometimes the back; your subconscious mind. Sometimes we’re happy and we don’t know why. Happiness comes for a moment. Then, gone. A permanent reminder of the happiness you once had. Now, all that’s left is a mess.

Happiness often leaves a mess, like taking your girlfriend out to eat to enjoy a meal together. Later, checking your credit balance–another 200$ added to your growing pile of debt.

Content never leaves us.

No one can take your contentment away from you. Because, being content comes from within. You’re satisfied. You don’t have many highs, and you don’t have any lows. All of your high comes from achievement. Your content with your work and your life. No chaos. Everything in it’s place.

Jordan Peterson is an expert on what it means to have a chaotic life.

Complainers want to be Happy

Complainers won’t reach happiness because happiness is illusive. Complainers want to own happiness; they can’t. No one owns happiness. All of us own our contentment. But, we need to want to be content to have it.

The content man walks his path, like Musashi, without complaint, ready for all the challenges. All the dragons. He passes the crybaby, still living in his hometown, while walking the path. The content man doesn’t need happiness–he works instead.

Musashi Understood Negativity is a Disease

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  • The jealous man complains about his peers.
  • The lost man complains about himself.
  • The hopeless man complains about the world.

Never complain. If you complain, you are too anxious. In your head; not in a good way. Musashi said: ‘Too many mind‘. To be the best self, turn off your mind.

Complaining about others shows your desire to be like them. Or, they’re stronger than you, and you’re afraid. Don’t think about others. Don’t think about yourself. The only purpose for your mind is assistance along your path. Wherever it may take you. Most of the places you’ll visit, don’t need a mind to experience. Your mind may make you worse off. Don’t think. Be.

Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others. | Principle 9


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