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Story of the old man and the baby, continued…

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She placed the baby in the old man’s lap and went after the others who were hurrying away. Inside, her heart beat terribly for the child, but she kept going. Others in the group wondered why she was just leaving her baby there to die. What kind of mother was she? But still, they all kept moving.
Meanwhile, the old man held the baby, the sound of the enemy drawing nearer. His heart was filled with weariness and despair, yet he was stirred by the baby moving and mumbling next to him. His life had been full and long, with much pain and happiness, and he just felt too tired to go on. But beside him was a little baby that had many years ahead of it and so much to live for.

He could not just lie there and take that away from the child. Strength and new energy then flowed into his veins. He picked up the child and ran as best he could to catch up to the others.

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Story of the old man and the baby

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 Here’s a story of an Old Man and a Baby that illustrates what I mean.

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During a war, a group of people were fleeing from the enemy. Among them was an old man and a woman with a baby. For many days they ran and hid, always with the enemy close behind and danger from every corner.

As they ran, others in the group helped the mother carry the baby, except for the old man who was already very weak.

After a few days the old man was so tired he just couldn’t go on. He fell by the side of the road and lay there breathless.

The others stopped to help, but he urged them on, asking them to just leave him there. He had given up all will to live, all desire for life or the future.

The enemy was fast approaching, so the others were anxious to move on. The woman with baby then looked down at the old man and said, “It’s your turn. Everyone else has helped carry the baby. Now it’s your turn. You must fulfill your responsibility.”

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Realize That “I Can’t” Usually Means “I Won’t”

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Realize That “I Can’t” Usually Means “I Won’t”
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All of us, at some time or another, have felt the limiting power of “I can’t.” Even when we really want something, and even if that something is within our power, those two simple words can prevent it from happening. When you find yourself saying “I can’t” look deeper to see if you’re making another excuse. If you look honestly, you will usually find that your words, “I can’t” actually mean “I could, but I won’t for this or that reason.” For instance, “I can’t do well in school” might easily mean, “I could do well in school, but I won’t put in the time and effort to study.” When you become willing to say “I can,” you find the power to carry it out from your Silent Master within.

 

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Fear can be conquered!

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But feelings of limitation are so unnecessary.  Fear can be conquered!

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Weakness can be overcome.

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Each time you use your will power to stand up and throw yourself into the face of another “I can’t,” you are getting ready for a victory. So in the readiness stage of self discovery, you begin to identify your fears and weaknesses, and start to confront them.

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Are your fears holding you back?

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 If you really want to change your life, you may have to see that what you’re really getting out of these beliefs is an excuse not to face up to some fear or weakness you have. As long as you believe you’re lazy, will you focus your will on going to school to learn something new? No, because if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t test yourself in school. As long as you believe you’re shy, will you use your will power to seek out a new, more fulfilling career where you have to meet many people? No, because if you’re afraid to talk to others you’ll keep your undesirable present job where there are few people. In both of these situations, you are afraid, not really lazy, and not really shy.

 

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Don’t hold onto beliefs too tightly!

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Instead of being inflexible like the scorpion and regarding your bad habits as “just your nature,” or “just the way you are,” why not try another approach? Let’s assume for a moment that your negative traits are beliefs that you have adopted about yourself, and that you can use your will power to begin the process of conquering them. If you have beliefs like “I’m lazy,” “I’m shy,” “I’m useless,” “I’m poor,” “I’m stupid,” let’s ask: what do you get out of it? If you’re holding onto to these beliefs so tightly, you must be getting something you think you want. But is it happiness you’re getting? Success? Achievement? Growth?
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I really doubt if you’re getting anything good from these beliefs.
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The Frog and the Scorpion

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Your weaknesses or bad habits can become such a part of you that you begin to think that they are you. Did you ever hear the story of The Frog and the Scorpion?

Once there was a frog and a scorpion who both wanted to get to the other side of a river. It was no problem for the frog. All he needed to do was jump in and swim to the other side. It was a different story for the scorpion, however, because he had no way to cross the river by himself.

So he asked the frog for help. “Say Frog, would you be willing to allow me to ride on your back across the river?” he asked earnestly.

“Are you kidding?” the frog answered. You’ll sting me and I’ll die! No, I won’t help you.”

“But wait,” the scorpion pleaded. “Just think. If I sting you and you die, then I would die too! So why would I do something that would hurt both of us?”

The frog thought about it and the scorpion did seem to make sense. Finally after much hesitation, the frog said reluctantly, “OK, do you promise not to sting me?”

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“Of course, I promise,” the scorpion replied, and happily jumped on the frog’s back. So off they went into the river.

But about half way across, the scorpion began to feel an irresistible urge rising from deep within. Suddenly, without warning, he stung the frog.

“Why did you do that?!” the frog exclaimed in stunned amazement? Do you realize what you’ve done? Now we’re both going to die!”
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“I know,” the scorpion apologized.

“But why?” the astonished frog continued to ask. “Why?”

“I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it” gurgled the scorpion, sinking below the water. “It’s just my nature.”

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Use Your Will to Conquer Fears and Weaknesses

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Use Your Will to Conquer Fears and Weaknesses

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Although some kind of shock is often a common way to rouse will power, it is not the only way. Sometimes you can summon your will simply from an intense desire to overcome stagnant, limited, or stifling circumstances. In this case, you have to be willing to let go of the past, and let go of your fears and weaknesses. These things have to go because they have kept you from moving in a positive direction.

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Make the first rule of mental conduct a constant way of life: Identify your fears and weaknesses and conquer them.

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Find a Way to Continue

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In my own life, for instance, a powerful event in my childhood helped me focus my will and gave me a quality purpose to pursue for the rest of my life. During the Korean war, when I was only five years old, we were running from the shells exploding all around us. As we were running, my little friend of the same age blew apart right in front of me. I did not understand war and death at that age or this shock. But my young mind formed a very strong response: I will never run again. This event was the starting point of a life where I would strive to develop the strength to confront and overcome destruction rather than run from it.

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Instead of channeling my will power into a response of bitterness and hate, I channeled it into the determination to become a martial artist. This in itself required my constant will to persevere because women in my country were not involved or supported in this pursuit. Even when my mother tried keeping me in my room to prevent me from practicing, I found a way to continue.

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Shock Can Mobilize Your Will

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Shock Can Mobilize Your Will

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Many times your will is automatically mobilized by some kind of shock. In this case, what you think is the worst thing that could happen to you often turns out to be a powerful force for good. This is where the fourth principle of mental conduct is applied: Have determination and a quality purpose. When something terrible happens to you, use it to form determination and a purpose. You have a choice as to how you will respond in every situation. You alone determine whether an event will have a positive or negative impact, depending on the quality of your response.
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Sometimes we have a tendency to become self destructive when we are hurt badly, and we take actions that increase and reinforce the hurt. But you do have another option. Using your awareness, you can examine the circumstances in your environment that contributed to your hurt, and you can take action to change them.

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