A few thoughts for the mercury retrograde that just ended this week shared with me by spirit.
Let go of the force of resistance.
Allow those who place force against you to simply fall over,
due to receiving no resistance from you
Imagine your sphere and see energy coming against it.
The sphere simply bends so the energy falls away to the side.
Triumph is in allowing yourself to be in positive opinions of you, by yourself and those who see you in your highest self.
Defeat is allowing the negative opinions of others to determine how you feel about yourself.