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Nothing Grows in the Desert

Almost nothing grows in the desert, even with water. Unless you are like a camel or a cactus, built for the barren plains, you must find a patch of fertile soil to survive and thrive. Nonetheless, the desert dwelling camel or cactus will never proliferate and grow with the same ease and to the same magnitude as a creature that thrives in a place that is nutrient-rich.

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SOCIAL ANXIETY: AN ANALOGY

AN ANALOGY: Dealing with SOCIAL ANXIETY is like learning to swim. If you’re worried about how cold the water is when you hit the surface, then you won’t get in, will never get comfortable with getting wet and never swim well. 

But once you force yourself past that troublesome barrier with a dive or pindrop, the initially uncomfortable feeling of shock when entering that cold water, start to warmup and move around, you may start to even enjoy it.

Even if swimming isn’t your thing, the more you push past that barrier, and the more you try, the easier it gets, and the more you can allow yourself to get comfortable with swimming, which you could not access before because of that disdain aand avoidance of the discomfort of the transition from dry to wet.

Like social situations, your sticking point may be getting past that coldness, and that transition from disengaged to engaged in the social situation. The more practice you get, the colder the water you can tolerate.

Just like with anything, training yourself to do this is all about repetition and internalising new habits. 

Imagination and Knowledge

You can always imagine and create what you haven’t been taught, or what might be. If school doesn’t enable you to think outside the confines of the previous body of knowledge, then are you any different to a programmed robot?

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As Bruce Lee said: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, and add what is uniquely your own.”

Thoughts from Ross Kemp on Gangs

Watching Ross Kemp on Gangs and some very eloquent, hardcore South African gangsters. The most successful ones appear as crafty and strategically innovative as anyone would be in achieving success in any other line of work. 

It was also interesting to see how boxing is used to keep children away from gang life. Martial arts to me is spiritual, a way to channel our natural aggression in a positive manner into disciplined and focused activity. It facilitates both mental focus and physical mastery.

We can become great at anything we put our time and dedication into… especially if we start early in life. The earlier we start, the more experience and progression we can achieve.