Consider this: In any group of people, the person who dictates the response of others exerts the most influence and therefore becomes the leader.
Stick that in the back of your pocket for a second.
During my Saturday morning Dynamic Body Sculpt class at Snap Fitness ABQ Tramway, there was an interesting exchange between myself and one of my students. We were doing an exercise called Surrenders. It’s quite a challenging move as it requires holding the weights overhead with arms that are already fatigued whilst kneeling down and standing back up about 10 times. I mean really, what’s not to love about that? Anyway, Surrenders are a killer move and it takes a certain mindset to get through them. It’s not uncommon to see people become paralyzed with tension and stop altogether.
I said to my class, “The reason these are called Surrenders is not because you give up. It’s because you don’t resist. Relax, breathe, and complete the task at hand. Think about that, if you can’t stay calm in here, how will you ever stay calm out there? And I’m not even the hard part of your life, I’m just a nice person who’s trying to help you.”
At this point one of my regular students piped up and said, half to me and half to everyone, “Don’t be fooled by that “nice person”, there’s a fierce warrior in there.” And the rest of the class immediately voiced their agreement. Admittedly, I got a little warm fuzzy from that but I’m not repeating the story to complement myself. I’m repeating the story because it takes one to know one. I can only assume that if someone recognizes the warrior in me, it is because the warrior in them has sat up to take notice.
Yesterday, there was a stabbing at St. Jude Thaddeus church here in Albuquerque. Rather, there were several stabbings and four people were sent to the hospital. The aggressor, 24 year old Lawrence Capener is in police custody.
Right now, before you have a reaction to this, or anything else that you hear on the news, I want you to go back and re-read the first sentence. Yes, the one I said to stick in the back of your pocket.
On what will you base your response? Will you take your cues from the evening news? Will you stand with the sheep and allow yourself to be provoked into an outrage and to feel afraid? Surely you’ll want someone or something to blame?
Before you thump your chest and say “Hellz to the yeah!”, answer me this: Will you become paralyzed with tension and render yourself impotent?
Rhetorical as this may sound, the human condition only mirrors the human condition. What you feel, you spread like a contagion, be it good or bad.
So while it may seem righteous to feel outraged and afraid and to look for somewhere to place blame, I ask you to consider what motivates someone to commit a crime like a public stabbing, shooting, or bombing? Why in the world would anyone do something like that unless they themselves were outraged and afraid and looking for someone to blame?
The Law Of Attraction says like attracts like. I don’t need to illustrate the truth of this statement.
Maybe it’s time to question if what’s wrong out there is not actually what’s wrong in here.
It takes a certain mindset to make it through the Surrenders and it takes the same mindset to wake up and see what you are doing.
What are you doing?
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