“If you have strength of character, you can use that as fuel to not only be a survivor but to transcend and thrive. You must use an internal alchemy to turn something rotten and horrible into gold.”
“An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualist concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. And this is one of the big problems of life, that so many people never quite get to the point of rising above self. . .so they end up the tragic victims of self-centeredness.” MJK jr. Read the entire brilliant thing here.
Take note: this post was inspired by the King himself and the incredible speech above and another interesting dude, Jocko Willink, decorated retired Navy SEAL officer, author of the book Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead & Win.
Not Dead, Don’t Quit
Serving with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield, Jocko believes we can all benefit from creating our own code of conduct. Call it what you will, standard procedure, a moral code, rules of road, your manifesto. . .Jocko and Martin Luther King Jr. had me thinking about what I aspire to be less and more of.
Note: two habits I have recently adapted into my daily practice of MJ’s experiment in human development include . . .
- “wishing others well”, inspired by Sakyong Mipham author of Turning the Mind into An Ally and . . .
- creating this creed below (my principles, modus operandi, approach to life), which I read every morning, to remind myself to hold the standard, because well . . .
If you’re feeling stuck and struggling to make the progress you want, take a look around you. Most people adapt to whatever environment they find themselves. They have what psychologists call an “external locus of control,” where they believe factors outside of them dictate the direction of their lives.
No they do not. YOU CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF YOUR LIFE.
A Warrior Queen’s Creed
(hey, this is a major step up for me, I use to be a worrier queen)
- A Warrior Queen is very discerning about who she aligns herself with, befriends, spends time with – for they must energize her, not deplete her.
- A Warrior Queen awakens to each day with absolute gratitude and appreciation for the breath that gives her life.
A Warrior Queen knows that she is a tiny, vulnerable being riding on a blue dot in space, not the center of the universe. (this is the money right here).
A Warrior Queen is always willing to help others rise up and become the best that they can be. Even when she mistakens a friend’s call as an interuption in her day.
A Warrior Queen knows what motivates her, for she is very self aware, to the point of calling bullshit on the lies she tells herself.
- A Warrior Queen understands that REAL forgiveness keeps the flow of love pumping through her heart.
- A Warrior Queen acknowledges both life and death, good and evil, joy and sorrow and never dives into escapism or fantasy about how she wishes the world to be. She sees everything for what it is, with radical acceptance. (OH MY GOD THIS WAS NOT ME A MONTH AGO, I SWEAR)
- A Warrior Queen looks for the FACTS, not fiction in every situation. Everyone should try this one, a game changer really. (inspired by episode 216 of James Altucher’s podcast with author of Sapiens, Yural Harari.
- A Warrior Queen respects all living beings, especially her worst enemies. Soooooo hard to do, yet a very strategic move.
- A Warrior Queen is always learning, reading, listening to those with the brightest brains, highest intelligence and gathering wisdom along the way.
- A Warrior Queen practices extreme self care. She moves and exercises (her demons too), eats healthy, rests well to stay strong and energized throughout the day.
- A Warrior Queen trains in earnest with a meditation ritual each day to remain focused and in the present moment, awake and alive.
- A Warrior Queen is full of compassionate empathy and loving radical acceptance and kindness for what is.
- A Warrior Queen has a heart that is ready for anything.
- A Warrior Queen sees situations as they are, not bigger than they are.
- A Warrior Queen guards her mind, her words and her wishes, always thinking thoughts that lead to positive emotions. (this one is a huge challenge for me, but I am improving).
- A Warrior Queen is comfortable with the uncomfortable truths of life.
- A Warrior Queen appreciates every single encounter each day, for she knows life is sacred.
- A Warrior Queen does not fantasize about catastrophes that might happen in the future. She stays present and prepared in this moment.
- A Warrior Queen is centered, calm, cool and collected. She moves with purpose and confidence throughout her days.
- A Warrior Queen does not resist reality and does not desire permanence for she knows the unchanging truth of change and relinquishes attachment to any outcome. This includes people, places and things. Her shift in perception of reality, that everything is impermanent helps her appreciate the nature and master of life. This world is made of infinite and ever changing moving parts. There is nothing to hold on to.
- A Warrior Queen wakes up to what samsara is, the suffering of life. She rises above the suffering and emerges with the understanding that everything is impermanent.
- A Warrior Queen knows what creates more suffering – acting in non-virtuous ways out of bewilderment, fixation, aggression, jealousy and pride. (oh my family would have a field day here – hey guys if you are reading this, I Love You, work with me here).
- A Warrior Queen acts with intention of kindness, love, patience and non-attachment because these intentions elevate the mind above negative emotions. (Sometimes so hard to do when waiting on a long line at the UPS store. But you do it. You just do it.)
- A Warrior Queen wishes others well throughout the day, knowing her heart can melt even the harshest judgement and suffering.
- A Warrior Queen is never selfish. She has a noble heart that desires all to find their true happiness (pro tip: this is another thing that is really hard to do when you want to punch someone in the face really hard- but you just do it). She works for all to go in the direction of their hearts.
- A Warrior Queen doesn’t burden others with her suffering, but shares the wisdom she has gained. (inspired by a Ted Talk from Carolyn Myss “Choices that Can Change Your Life“
- A Warrior Queen acts from the sacred self and chooses throughout the day to be at peace. (and sometimes that means avoiding people who are a real pain in the ass).
- A Warrior Queen moves through life from a deep conscious knowing and has NO DOUBT that she is a warrior queen and so are all her brothers and sisters on this spinning planet.
- A Warrior Queen is filled with only unconditional love for all beings.
I am the Warrior Queen.
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” Tony Morrison
Asylum Art sketches Januz Miralles