A weekend campfire is a great way to unwind with family and friends in a relaxed, natural setting. It’s also a great way to experience what it feels like to be an all-you-can-eat buffet. Fire, people, and warm humidity attract the bugs like nobody’s business and the whole family is fighting over who gets the anti-itch cream first.

In the midst of all this, I started thinking about how little things (like bugs) can make a huge impact on much larger things (like people). Here’s some of the Zen-Fu I came up with from Our Friend, The Mosquito:

Be Sneaky. In spite of the nature show documentation of behavioral displays in the insect kingdom, mosquitos don’t advertise their intent with a flashy show of broadcast aggression. Taking on a monumental opponent requires the end to take priority over the means. What’s more important–daring your opponent to Bring It, or knowing in your own mind that It Is ON?

Hit Hard. The mosquito’s objective is to draw blood. Your blood. The mosquito does not toy with its prey (you), except in the rare cases where its objective lies in the direct path of an inadvertent taunt. For example, the thin skin around your temples, just inside your hairline, that causes the little bugger to dive-bomb your face close enough to feel the breeze from its wings. But that high-pitched whine of its wings isn’t the insect version of trash-talk, it’s merely the means to an end (your face). Be efficient and direct in your attack plan. Go for what you want and don’t let your emotions or external influences or subplots get in your way.

Make a Clean Getaway. If you feel the pinch, the mosquito’s already done its job, but has done so sloppily. The Hand of Fate (yours) is coming down hard, and that little bugger has only half as much chance of living to bite another day. Aim for your objective with subtlety, directness, and precision focus, and your opponent won’t even know they’ve been hit until after you’re gone in a cloud of irritating bug-spit and exhaled breath.

Leave a Lasting Impression. Long after the mosquito’s actually outlived its natural life span, that itchy red bump on your leg (arm, side of the head, ass cheek, back of the knee, right where the elastic of your undies hits) is going to be there, sending its itchy, inflamed message all over your body. Its far-reaching consequences will effect all sorts of systemic responses–your skin swells, histamines release, and your hand will be irresistibly pulled towards the site to scratch and further inflame the site of the attack. If you’re going to take something on, then make sure you not only achieve your objective, but you leave something different in your wake. Leave them something to think about. Change their outlook, even if only for a short time.

Inspire a reaction. Create a flare-up in your life and see what changes.

 

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