To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955
Wow, what a week that has passed. Consumed with something I will be able to share with you a little later today, I am happy to say that I haven’t put anything hugely motivational down this week. Instead, I have been living it out there, where not all of you can see what is going on. My inspiration has come from amazing people in my life who are fighting for their jobs, their lives, their health and their hearts. They fight with a humility that we should all strive for and when I wake in the morning I think of how they go about their days, so simply.
I am striving towards, as I have always said, a life filled with adventure, meaning & love. Oh, and music. What’s life without music that touches you? I have to fight for this and I know this. I choose to fight smart, because I am not the strongest guy out there. I am aware of the limits I have and I work on those whilst exploiting the areas where I am strong. I had the privilege of having James Cunnama stay with me for a night this week. He is testament to this. Currently ranked No 1 triathlete in the world on the official rankings, he has risen from the bottom and this man (no longer a boy) has had to fight and fight. He had serious weaknesses, and a few years later, they are all gone. The shift in his mind though, the biggest change since I last saw him. Definitely the product of success. Beautiful to see.
The busyness of our lives doesn’t allow us time to pause and appreciate the people we have around us. Adversity often awakens us to the treasures that are far more important than money and material possession: our health, our family and our friends.Sudden financial losses teach us that we shouldn’t base our happiness on money. An illness teaches us to be humble and lead a healthy life. A sudden loss in the family makes us appreciate the cycle of birth, life and death. Such things may seem superficial, but you should learn from adversities if you don’t want them to control your life.
”I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet,” Confucius
I love this clip. The fight in the hardest race in the world. What do you risk? What are you willing to fight for? How far does the rabbit hole go once you throw your body down there? You gain the sense that the team is there to support the guy who is willing to risk everything. Surrounding yourself with a team of people who support your best interests – such a key fact to life.
The fight is something that is always there. It will always be there. Gear up, study how it’s done smartest, not hardest. Have a great weekend out there.