Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What Exactly Happened in Qatar..

I’ve been trying for months to figure out what exactly happened in Qatar, what I learned, how it changed me, what precisely touched me...

I figured that I had walked the path warriors once took. I survived relationships that heroes had struggled with. I journeyed through time and places that have been journeyed ages before. In every path I took, in every relationship I had, and in every journey I ventured there was one everlasting quest. The quest of my own self. 

Every hero walks a path. This path never changes. It has been the same from thousands of years ago. Every hero must leave home, embark into a perilous journey into the unknown, find the courage and wisdom to survive, and return home with skills and strengths earned on the quest. I have walked that same path.

I had the courage to let go. I left my comfortable and familiar every day routine. I unlocked my insecurities. I let my defenses down. I stopped thinking of every particular way I thought of my self. I left home not because I wanted to but because I had to. There was a wall that was blocking my view. I could not see it but I felt it. I tried to break through that wall, to get around it, but I couldn’t. I was willing to take the risk. The risk of venturing into a new journey.

This led to the second stage-the quest. This was where all the adventures happened. The overwhelming challenges. Through this stage I have mounted both physically and psychologically. I climbed the hills of fear, I scrambled up the mountains of normality, and I struggled to reach the topless summits of self discovery. Ironically, through unexpected incidents, through some interesting relationships, and through diverting people surrounding me I found what I was looking for. I found the leader within me.

I persisted through this quest. Learning, absorbing, watching, reflecting, grasping, and digesting every single thing around me. At times it was overwhelming; I could not handle the diversity, the emotions, and the excitement! At other times, I was mesmerized with all the vibe. I headed home with a different me. To my surprise, home was different too! I was armed with new capacities and a deeper understanding that I could have only acquired through venturing through this quest. The quest of Mosaic. A quest for self-discovery...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Using No Way As A Way, Having No Limitation As A Limitation

Warrior, muscular, aggressive, martial artist etc. We have all known him with these adjectives. But rarely do we recognize a philosopher in him. "There are no limits", a philosophy he built himself on and later made it a core of his style called "Jeet Kune Do". Bruce Lee was not God gifted by birth, but achieved what he was through relentless training and a belief that there are no limits. A true masterpiece of personal leadership, where his colleagues rank him as one of the strongest men in the world on pound for pound basis. 

"Low aim is the worst crime a man has"

One of the Lee's students, Silliphant relates an interesting story about Lee's attitude towards progressive resistance as his refusal to let a person underestimate their own potential. 

"Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We'd run the three miles in twenty one or twenty two minutes. Just under the eight minutes a mile (running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six and a half minutes per mile). So this morning he said to me, "We are going to go five." I said, "Bruce I can't go five. I am a helluva lot older than you are, and I can't do five." He said, "When we get to three, we will shift gears and it's only two more and you will do it." i said "Okay, hell I will go for it." So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile, and I'm okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I'm tired, my heart's pounding, I can't go any more and so I say to him, "Bruce, if I run any more," - and we are still running - "if I run any more, I am liable to have a heart attack and die." He said, "Then die". It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterwards I went to the shower and then wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know "Why did you say that?" he said, "Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it'll spread over into the rest of your life. It'll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. there are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level."