There is no failure, no defeat, no weakness within you. The only places these things can reside is in the confines of your own mind. Those who do not contend do not know winning or losing. It is the mind that determines who is victorious and who is beaten, who can be defeated and who can not. A mind that comprehends the teachings has no such conflict. It is a mind like a tranquil pond, undisturbed by the stones that lay near it that can be thrown into it.