[heading size=”10″]Samurai Dispatch[/heading]
My Grandmother is one of the better educated people I know. Her house has more books in it than most libraries – literally.
EXAMPLE: She owns over 5,000 books on Japan, alone. And that is a fraction of what is in her home. She now runs an Alibris bookstore, btw. Pretty cool that my 80+ year old Grandma is an internet entrepreneur!
So, given all of that I hate to attribute the following “old wives tale” or “colloquialism” to her, but it does sound like the kind of thing that a Grandma would say:
I don’t like this phrase for one MAJOR reason: It’s false!
To prove this to myself, I tried it.
I put water into a pot, I put the pot on the stove, I turned the stove up to high, and I stood there watching it – never letting my eyes move away (I might have blinked a few times) – until the water began to boil.
Just as I suspected… it really did boil. My watching it didn’t seem to have any effect on it at all.
Was my Grandmother really THAT wrong? What’s the POINT, man?
The lesson is that your perspective is all messed up. While we know that this particular idiom is not literal, it is quite emblematic of how we DO view much of the world.
Instead of seeing the world AS IT IS, and then learning to DEAL with that reality… we run from it. Far too often – because of our running away from the pot, letting our impatience guide us – it boils over and makes a big mess of things.
The pot was going to boil either way. But we could have easily avoided it boiling over, if we had only had the patience to watch it.
Patience is the source from which the waters of success flow. Without it, you will make rash, foolish choices.
Put a pot of water on the stove, turn up the heat, and watch it until it starts to boil. Do this every single day for 7 days straight and report back to me about your experiences. I expect progress. Over time, you should be able to watch larger pots of water – that take longer to reach their boiling point.
It may seem silly at first, but it’s a fantastic exercise in Mindfulness Training.
We believe all success (from lifting to life) stems from maximizing the following:
– right mind
– right action
– right community
These all feedback positively onto one another, reinforce each other, and make each stronger than they could ever be in isolation.
You can be guided in this journey by joining us on the inside of the Samurai Training Grounds – where the magic happens 🙂
Your Links Of Mental Clarity
- Renshu: Today’s Weightlifting WOD
- The 7 Virtues Of Bushido: Part 2, Courage
- Abaddon Quinn Gets 3rd Place In Western Australian Strongman Finals!
- Dome Of Strength – by Amy Larson (new Samurai Field Reporter!)
You have 7 days…
Now go watch something boil,