What you do now and what you decide at this age may well determine which way your life shall go. And the question is, whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.
Some of the things it should be on your life’s blueprint:
- A deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth, and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody, always feel that you count, always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.
- You must have as a basic principle the determination to achieve excellence, in your various field of endeavour. You going to be deciding as the days and the years unfold what you will do in life, what your life’s work will be. Once you discover what it will be, set out to do it and to do it well. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree, if you can’t be a highway just be a trail. If you can’t be the sun, be a star, for it isn’t by size that you win or fail, but be the best of whatever you are.
- A commitment to the eternal principals of beauty, love, and justice. Well life for none of us has been a crystal stair, but we must keep moving, we must keep going. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. Keep moving.
“Be like water making its ways through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around it or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”
“Empty your mind. Be formless. Shapeless. Like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water by friend.”
“Here is that natural instinct and here is control. You are to combine the two in harmony. If you have one to the extreme you will be very unscientific, if you have another to the extreme you become all of a sudden a mechanical man.”
“I do not believe in style anymore. I do not believe in such thing as like Chinese way of fighting or Japanese way of fighting or whatever. If you do not have style, you just say here I am, as a human being, how can I express myself, totally and completely.”
“As a human being, all these I have learned from martial art to me, ultimately martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. It is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, but to express oneself honestly not lying to oneself, that my friend is very hard to do.”
“Perhaps the first step to finding people like yourself is to show up as yourself.”
“Only as we are in communion within ourselves can we be in community with others.”
“All that I ask of you in return is that you will be a true lover. For Love is wiser than Philosophy, though she is wise, and mightier than Power, though he is mighty. Flame-coloured are his wings, and coloured like flame in his body. His lips are sweet as honey, and his breath is like frankincense. ”
We want to get everything done as fast as possible. We want to convert the rhythms and the skills of work into cash, which indeed you can buy something with but you can’t eat it.
And then rush home to get away from work and begin the real business of life, to enjoy ourselves. You know, for the vast majority of American families what seems to be the real point of life, what you rush home to get to is to watch an electronic reproduction of life. You can’t touch it, it doesn’t smell, and it has no taste.
You might think that people getting home to the real point of life in a robust material culture would go home to a colossal banquet or an orgy of love-making or a riot of music and dancing; But nothing of the kind.
It turns out to be this purely passive contemplation of a twittering screen. You see mile after mile of darkened houses with that little electronic screen flickering in the room. Everybody isolated, watching this thing. And thus in no real communion with each other at all. And this isolation of people into a private world of their own is really the creation of a mindless crowd.
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances.
-As you like it
“Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow and act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”