Father’s Day 2014 (by Raynard Halbert)
Whatever live you life, don’t live it halfway. Be about what you about. I’d rather die hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not. You don’t halfway die so don’t halfway live. Be bout that life, whatever life that is
It is said that after 300 years we have become a self destructive people. And the main reason that we destroy self is that we don’t know self. We have the DNA of kings and queens, gods and goddesses traveling within our blood but we have the minds of servants and peasants. Our identities have been stolen and replaced with a curse that has kept us in bondage for the past 300 years. It creates an illusion of an outward enemy, when really our true enemy lies within us, hiding behind the hands of time. No the enemy is not us but it has been engrained deeper and deeper into us with every passing generation. It has blocked the path between us and our potential and created a mirror with an illusion of nothingness…..
Bruce Lee had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” –and we’re still running-”if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
Reach for the sky. Achieve the impossible.