"Every morning a warrior should recommit himself to death."

“Every morning a warrior should recommit himself to death. In morning meditation, see yourself killed in various ways, such as being shredded by arrows, bullets, swords, and spears, being swept away by a tidal wave, burned by fire, struck by lightning, dying in an earthquake, falling from a great height, or succumbing to overwhelming sickness. An elder warrior said, “Once out of your front door you are surrounded by death. Once you leave your gate you are surrounded by enemies.” This saying is not merely a parable, but a way to prepare for your fate.”

– Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Master Samurai.

Perhaps, this quote resonates with me because I am Japanese and have a slight obsession with samurais. But, after coming across it a couple days back, it's been looping in my mind ever since. While neither myself nor you reading this live in a world where we must constantly face death... we do live in a world where we must constantly face failure. 

Many of us have been taught to act as though failure does not exist, that positive thinking somehow magically keeps failure away from us. But, what if we forced ourselves to consider failure on a daily basis? What if we started viewing failure like death, not a possibility but rather something inevitable?

Eventually, when failure shows up on our doorstep we wouldn't stare at with horror and surprise... we would instead smile and say, "Good, I knew you would eventually come. Now, teach me... where did I go wrong?"

By Cole Schafer.


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