It’s ok if they don’t understand. It’s understandable. Understandable that they don’t get it. They don’t grasp it. They can’t wrap their mind around it. You are walking down a different path. You are walking down the less-traveled path. The difficult path. You have been created and called to live a different life. You have chosen to live this life. Each day, you continue to choose this life. This is who you are. This is who you want to be. You can walk away from this life at any time. You can quit. You can choose to live another life, someone else’s life. You can choose another path. But you know deep within your soul, you can’t, you won’t, and you honestly don’t want to. This less-traveled path you are walking down, the difficult path you have chosen to take, it drives you. It burns within you. It separates you. It gives you meaning. Purpose. Focus. Although at times this life is lonely, and at times exhausting, it is worth it. It will be worth it. Eventually, people will see. People will be encouraged. People will follow. Eventually, your time will come to an end. You will pass the baton to another. The example you have set, will continue. Today, you continue on. Quietly, humbly, aggressively. Your light is shining brightly.
The axe is clean. The axe has been sharpened. It is ready for use. I take my axe, and set out to find the largest tree. No one is around. The sky is clear, pure blue. The sun shines brightly, the heat is intense. I stand shirtless, axe in hand, focused on the task before me. It is time. I begin to chop. One chop at a time. This will be a very long process. Once chop at a time. One chop at a time. I get into a rhythm. One chop at a time. One chop at a time. Eventually, my axe will prevail. I will prevail. Patience, endurance, and strength are of utmost. Keep chopping. Keep chopping. The tree will fall. Keep chopping.
This is what is inside of me right now. Deep within. Deep within my soul, my spirit, my inner man. It’s brewing. It’s burning. It’s been brewing. It’s been burning. I can’t ignore it. I don’t want to ignore it. I know it is who I am. I know it is what I am. I know this is how I am to live my life. I know this is the path I am to take. I have to wait patiently. I have to wait for the right time. I have to allow life to unfold. The burning inside of me is to live as lowly, simply, and minimally as possible. To physically train as a man possessed. And finally, to help in whatever capacity possible, hurting, Fatherless youth. This is it. This is what is inside of me. The fire burning so intensely.
One of the most difficult endeavors in life is change. Naturally, none of us likes change. Our mind wants to live life on auto-pilot. Our mind will fight to keep us on cruise-control. Doing the same things, the same way, over and over again, day in and day out. Our mind will fight for routine, ritual, and the known. But, if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got. We have to change. We must change. We must learn the necessity for change within our lives. Although most of us hate change, and we have a mind that will fight to keep us from change, we must fight to allow change to unfold in our lives. If we neglect change, we neglect growth. If we neglect growth, we are choosing to live a life of waste. A life of wasted opportunity, potential, and reward. Change is a catalyst for growth. We need to grow. We need to learn, apply, and grow. We must continue onward, forward, upward. We have been given so much. We must fulfill our destiny. We must be good stewards of that which has been entrusted to us. Do not fear change. Do not allow change to distract you, frustrate you, or fluster you. Allow change to challenge you, motivate you, and transform you. Change WILL occur in life. Accept it. Be open to it. Embrace it.
I will not be held back. I will not be held back. I will not be held back. I will not be held back. I will not be held back by my fear. I will not be held back by the fear of what other’s may think about me. I will not be held back by the fear of the opinions of others. I will not be held back by the fear of what others may say or are saying about me. I will not be held back by the fear of others, AT ALL. I will not be held back by the fear of another individual. EVER. We are ALL equal. We are ALL human. We are All flawed. We All have struggles. We All make mistakes, daily. We All fall short. I will run my race. I will run my race focused on the course before me. I will run my race the best way I know how. Relentlessly. Patiently. Consistently. Humbly. No other person is going to effect my race. I will not allow myself to lose focus. I will not allow myself to become distracted. I will not allow others to distract me. I will run my race with everything I have. I will grab those along the way who have stumbled, fallen, and are hurt. I will bring them along. I will run fearlessly. I don’t care. I will not be held back. I will not quit. I will destroy my fear. I will lead others from the bondage of fear. I control my thoughts. I control my actions. My life, is my choice. Fear will not win.
You don’t know, if you don’t try. You will never know, if you never attempt. Allow yourself to try. Allow yourself to attempt. Allow yourself to fail. Allow yourself to succeed. Allow yourself to learn. Allow yourself to grow, mature, and become better. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Real. Raw. Authentic. What burns inside of you? What excites you? What consumes your thoughts? I challenge you, I encourage you, to run toward your fire. To run toward your passion. You and I, we literally have nothing to lose, even if we have everything to lose. Life is all temporary. We get one shot. One opportunity. That’s it. Why not live this opportunity fully? Fearlessly? Boldly? Aggressively? Live the life that is burning inside of you!
Listen. Learn. Love. Live. This life is meant to be lived. Fully. Passionately. Extremely. We only have one opportunity, one shot at this life. In order to live a full life, one must embrace the need to listen. Learning to listen, knowing how to listen, is the key that unlocks the door to a full, passionate, and extreme life that is worth living. When you listen, you provide yourself with the opportunity to learn. When you learn, when you begin to learn, and continue to learn, you understand, love, is the greatest lesson. Love is the greatest gain. Love is the greatest gift one can give, and receive. Love never fails. You listen. You learn. You begin to love. You truly, begin to live. Fully. Passionately. Extremely, a life worth living.