The same general 'lessons' seem to crop up time and again in my life:
* It's easy to judge others by ideals, but it is pointless if one is not meeting those ideals. One must be the change one wants to see in the world, otherwise one is a hypocrite.
* Live by the sword, die by the sword. If we declare war on anything, we find ourselves in a war - we experience the struggle, the bloodshed, the guilt, the remorse, the nervousness, the anxiety, etc. If we declare peace, then we experience a peaceful life. The power is always in one's hands to define one's own life experiences. If you wield a sword, be prepared not to complain when a sword enters your body - a warrior must bleed with dignity, or drop his weapons and seek an alternative lifestyle.
* In our efforts to clear the dust from our vision, we often stir up more dust. Often we just need to remain silent and still, and things will take care of themselves. A plant can not be forced to grow. If we feed our body and mind, just like a plant, we will 'blossom' according to our innate structure as a living organism. It is no effort for a plum tree to blossom - it's necessary for it to be a plum tree.