August 8, 2009
"Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick." -Bruce Lee
Walls can keep us safe...walls can also hem us in. Be water. Water finds a way through walls.
Distractions exist to rob us of endurance, to break us down, and make us ineffective. At best, distractions can inspire, at worst, they can become the very deathblow to faith, confidence, and hope.
Never resist distractions or set-backs...never succumb to discouragement and fear. Acknowledge these as gifts...as plateaus...plateaus from which to further ascend, to confront, to utilize for your advantage, to master.
Let not that which cannot be achieved slip away from your sites. Press on. Sometimes the goal isn't meant to be reached...it is merely something to aim at...
The only thing that separates our ability to be all we could possibly be is our own willingness to accept defeat. Why quench the power of victory? Push the envelope. Reach, strive...fail and fall...and continue to will the win. Failing and falling are stepping stones in every successful event that has ever transpired under the sun...you are not alone.
A man can have intellectual wisdom, but his wisdom is worthless without having been in the arena, himself. Having been bruised, beaten, and exhausted...being forced to discover how to endure despite seeming failure. Embrace failure and frustration...welcome disappointment. They will become the very callouses of your spirit that will protect you on your journey if you don't lose heart and cave in to fear and doubt.
Never let someone else's negative influence have contact with your core. That which is from them is theirs. Never leave their negative influence upon your heart as though any aspect of their destruction belongs to you. Shed emotional connection to such. They require nothing from you.
Embrace only that which is purely deserving of your praise, honor, faith, and respect.
Knit yourself to that which edifies. Free yourself from fear. Shout your flaws to the world and remove your shackles to that which binds you.
Wisdom is not an aspect of intellect...wisdom is a verb.
"Let the spirit out - Discard all thoughts of reward, all hopes of praise and fears of blame, all awareness of one's bodily self. And, finally closing the avenues of sense perception, let the spirit out, as it will.”
"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
(my thanks to Drac, Stok, my mom, my sister Sara, my Captain, Grey, and the awesome folks in this universe who have my back, and make this journey of life sooo damned cool.) ~kat