Monday, June 29, 2009

Find A Way Or Make One

"We will either find a way, or make one!"
-- Hannibal

You don't have to be a bloody-handed warlord seeking to sack the capital of an empire to find useful meaning in Hannibal's famous quote.

In fact, it mirrors my favorite aphorism, which is "If you want to do something you'll find a way, if you don't you'll find an excuse."

If you look around, the underlying principle has been reiterated over and over again, one way or another. Pablo Picasso once said "Everything is either easy or impossible." And martial artist James Williams explains it thusly:

One of the core principles of Nami Ryu is that every problem comes with its own solution. Problems are not presented that do not have solutions. It's the way the universe works. Our task becomes to recognize the existing solution instead of trying to solve the problem from a preconceived technical or philosophical framework.

Without further belaboring the point, look at your own life with your eyes wide open. Many of the things you perceive as threats or barriers are magnified by your fears, and less daunting once you start actively working to achieve the solutions you need.

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