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Archive for November, 2012

Killer Instinct

Sword unsheathing

当たって砕けろ
“Go collide and smash into pieces.”
-Japanese proverb

Recently, many of my friends have either gotten married, gotten engaged, or have indicated that their relationships are heading in that direction. While that’s all well and good (I would love to get married myself), many of them have already begun to turn soft. Why does this happen? Since when does being in a serious committed relationship give one permission to get fat, get lazy, and stop kicking ass? Since when is security and stability a reason to lose one’s killer instinct?

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Keep Moving

Steam train

Newton’s First Law of Motion states than an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.

When you are sitting on your butt doing nothing, you will find that it is very easy to continue to do so, and the longer you stay that way, the more effort it takes to change out of that mental state and get your butt into motion. It’s like people who decide to take a break after high school or college before continuing their education. Of course it’s important to take breaks, but if the break is too long, it becomes too difficult to get going again. 1 year off becomes 2 years. 2 years rolls into 3 until one day they’ve forgotten their original intentions.

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A broken mirror

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
-Wayne Gretzky

I still remember it well…

Friday night. I’m in the middle of another move having just spent the last 5 hours assembling furniture, when Jake suggests a night on the town.

*****

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The Path to Happiness

a path to the ocean

What is happiness?

Happiness is not mental, physical, or chemical stimulation, though sometimes it may feel that way. Happiness must be earned.

Happiness is not excitement, the anticipation of some future pleasure. Happiness exists only in the present.

Happiness is not just contentment, the feeling that your needs have been met. Happiness also addresses your wants.

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Blue ripple

What are the attributes of a master?

Confident. You are valuable. You are worthy. Everything from good posture to deep, steady breaths, you exemplify calm. You are relaxed and at ease around powerful men and beautiful women alike. You move with deliberate purpose. You can wait patiently, comfortable in the knowledge that you will eventually get what you want. Therefore, you remain poised and unaffected by temporary setbacks.

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Behind castle walls

Words can hurt much more than sticks and stones. They can stab your heart deeper than the sharpest stick. They can pound your resolve harder than the heaviest stone. But they can also lift your spirits more than any amount of material wealth. Words have the incredible power to create or destroy belief by focusing or distorting the lenses through which you view the world.

So how do you recover from an ambush of two-faced slander? How do you deflect a barrage of insults? How do you defend against a sustained siege of condescension?

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