Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Push Comes To Shove



How does one respond when pushed?  What is the response to this stimulus? Interestingly enough, there is absolute universality in how the "push" stimulus will illicit response. From a thermodynamic and kinetic point of view, dynamic equilibrium will always be at play when restoring an imbalance. It is a natural law that things will try to maintain the most energetically favorable state. Are we any different? Do we not intrinsically obey this same law, not in a deterministic manner, but one of simple logistical contiguity. When we face adversity do we not automatically attempt to offset this inciting event? As humans, we have this interesting will to try and reach equilibrium in some way, in any way, when pushed off balance. What happens during this time between push and balance? I say this is where the "magic" happens, this is where we get to see what we are made of. Indeed, if we are never pushed off balance, or if we never have to operate out of our comfort zone, how can any true confidence exist. It is by these imbalances and deviations from equilibrium that force us into a compensatory state. During this time of regaining balance we can truly come to be defined. Confidence and surety cannot be born in absence of dissonance. Welcome that which is of trial and tribulation; these conditions are the only source from which strength and confidence can be constituted. 

-W.E.
    

Saturday, June 10, 2017

From The Inside Out




           The external perspective is the primary paradigm in which often we falsely identify ourselves. The way in which we interact with the environment and how we think we desire to be perceived by the externum. It is such that we interpret stimuli from our surroundings and translate this impression inwards, as though it could be of some distinction; indeed, of some significance. How abhorrent it is that we could even consider this subjective and debasing method in the attempt to understand oneself. There is only one singular monocotious way to begin to truly comprehend our infinite worth and individualistic significance. From the inside out. Until we can begin to interrogate ourselves, our innermost faculties, in no way can we begin to recognize ourselves. Start from within, the most fundamental representation of who we are. Not to be adulterated by, or subjected to, external qualification. Let it be such that the identity of oneself is established firmly in absolute disengagement from any outside influence. Only in this way, from the inside out, can irrevocable confidence and indisputable articulation of oneself be disinterred. 

-W.E. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pain

           Pain...... so obscure of which is the most reclusive of conditions. What is pain? and what is it's purpose? The doctor will tell you that pain is a mechanism meant to protect your body. The scientist will tell you that it is a simple electrical current generated by ionic flux caused by a "pain stimulus." However, I believe pain to hold a much deeper and significant meaning to the human condition. Pain can originate from the externis or the internis...... our mind and soul hath no way to differentiate. Congruent is the response elicited, whether pain is physically or psychologically derived. Pain is the ultimate of all human senses, the sense that coincides with conscious existence. Pain is such that without it we seize to live; the absolute reciprocal of mutual exclusivity, where an inseparable interdependence between life and pain exists. Without one you can in no way have the other. So how do we decide to accept and interpret this realization of pain in it's incircumventivity? We can all expect to experience pain at some point in our lives and it is of our determination in which to decide its meaning. It is my conviction that pain antecedes growth, physical or psychological. Then is strength in any way attainable in absence of pain? No. Is pain then coincident with weakness? No. By making the decision to acknowledge and accept pain, weakness is destroyed. Move forward, accepting pain in all it's reality in this life, that only in this way can we become strong. 

-W.E.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Purpose Independent of Circumstance

           Purpose.......what does this mean to you? and how is it effected by other factors in your life? Purpose is a powerful word representing a source of infinite motivation for life. When living for a purpose we can succeed without limit or boundary; doing absolutely whatever is required to fulfill our unique reason for existence. In other words purpose is power. Serving such a important role in our lives, how do we respond when our purpose is challenged? What about when it is much harder than expected to fulfill your purpose? 
           Our individual purpose is absolute, not to be swayed or influenced by any other factor in our lives. Confidence in our purpose will be the foundation from where we synthesize the rest of our existence. It is emphatically important to know that difficulty in living through our purpose does not invalidate it, but further strengthens our commitment to our purpose. Even the most troublesome and agonizing of realities will fade and squander in the face of one who is living purposefully. In the words of Viktor Frankl "Sacrifice is welcomed along with suffering, as a blessing, a blessing that we have such a purpose in which to suffer." Carry on with confidence. With courage. With purpose. 

W.E.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

To Have Strength Is To Acknowledge Weakness

         What is this of strength that we speak, how is it obtained, where can it be found........? Strength is an entity that is solely dependent and contrasted by weakness. Without that of weakness strength doth not exist. Strength then is best defined in relativity with weakness. If one is to have weakness does it remove him from having strength? No. Likewise, if one has strength does he not have weakness? No. Strength and weakness exist in dynamic equilibrium, one which shifts continuously. Real strength is only found in humble acknowledgement of weakness. Let us do only those things that keep our equilibrium of strength and weakness shifted so that strength is then always favored; not to disregard weakness, but acknowledge it, as to compel us to be strong.

-W.E. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

To Succeed Is To Acknowledge Failure


           It is such that one cannot succeed without realizing the probability of failure, regardless of the odds. This concept applies to most anything when we choose to endeavor. There is always at least two discrete possibilities, success or failure. The Idealist says "failure is not an option," but the Realist says "failure is always a possibility." However you wish to think of failure, it doesn't elude the fact that it is an objective possibility. Accepting a challenge implies that you have accepted failure as a possible outcome. This possibility of failure is of great distress to many, but it certainly does not have to be. As Dale Carnegie put it "if man can truly accept the very worst outcome as a possibility, his heart can be fully engaged in succeeding." Let us not be deterred by the possible outcome of failure, indeed what true success is present without reciprocation. Without failure there is no success. Without success there is no failure. Success and failure exist in a very real and pragmatic co-existence.
           As Dr. Stephen R. Covey states "When you have a challenge and the response is equal to the challenge, that's called success." This definition of success is great because it is a simple truth, but it is limited to a static explanation of success. In a more dynamic sense Arnold Toynbee says "Nothing fails like success." Toynbee is getting at the fact that once you have succeeded, your previous response will be maladroit to handle the new challenge. This infers that success is a dynamic adaptation of response to challenge. Regardless of how we understand the physiology of success, we must accept the possibility of failure along with the challenge; indeed, not as defeat, but as consolation of reality. Insomuch that we are not consumed by fear of failure, but that our attention is solely focused on succeeding.

W.E.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Trash Can Of Opportunity

           It was once explained to me that individual opportunity is differential and could be likened unto a trash can. Imagine there is an auditorium full of people and a trash can placed at the front and everyone seated is equipped with a crumpled ball of paper. Every person has the right to throw their paper ball into the trash can in the front of the auditorium. However, we can see that there are differential advantages depending on where we are seated, as to our chances of successfully making the shot. 
           As one can understand, the seat we have been given does not by any means determine our absolute success; notwithstanding, it does appear to effect the probability of achieving success. A few things should be elucidated about the auditorium of opportunity, the trash can, and the people in it. The people with seats much closer to the trash can are often unaware of their advantage or of those whom are less advantaged. It is nobody's fault, not the person behind you, next to you, or in front of you, as to where you have been seated in this auditorium. Also, it is not the trash can's fault if you don't make the shot with success, but it is yours. 
           Personal success has everything to do with completely owning your spot, where you have been placed, the opportunity you have been given. Let's get something straight right now, the guy right next the trashcan has the greatest chance of being successful, however it doesn't mean that he will be. Just like the fact that because you are in the back of the auditorium doesn't mean that you can't be successful. One thing you should have noticed by now, the chance of making a successful shot is determined by much more than your seat. If seated in the very back of this auditorium, I am going to have to be tactful, I will have to throw much harder and with much greater accuracy; whereas my counterpart in the front can just toss it in with much less effort. Now remember, it's not his fault it was harder for you, or easier for him. There is no such thing as fair and you must own your spot. 

How would the experience of achieving success differ from someone in the back of the auditorium as compared to someone in the front?

What are some characteristics you would expect someone in the back of the auditorium to have? what about somebody in the front? and most interestingly, someone in the middle? 

I will reply to any comments about the post or about the questions. The physiology of opportunity will be a continued topic, thank you for reading. 

W.E. 
         

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dissention Antecedes Growth


            Everyone wants to gain, grow, and augment some aspect of their life. No human being lives to exist in stasis; physical, emotional, or spiritual growth are of inquest. There is however an unbreakable principal that will take effect in perquisition of such growth, regardless of the acknowledgment of its presence. It is that in order to grow, something must be the substrate to build that which accumulates to confer growth. Where does this substratum come from? These pieces we need to grow don't simply come out of thin air, they have to be liberated. Breakage, sufferage, and agony are the inciting stimuli that emancipate that which is necessary for increase. Even the law of conservation of mass and energy observes the physical aspects of this fundamental principal. For some reason it is falsely expectant that one should grow without any real source from which to do so. Much confusion and disdain is resultant in overlooking this reality; consignation before formation. It should be that we recognize that growth cannot, and will not, precede dissention.
           When decided that we want to truly grow, we must concomitantly accept the reality that we will suffer in some way in order to attain such growth. Sufferage should be looked upon with gratitude in that we have the opportunity to make a decision to accept, or to decline, the ability to grow. The decision to grow is ours, but the cost of doing so is not. 


W.E. 
           

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Beginning and The End

           I have reached a point of which I have dreamed for so long, for over eight years. A point in which I have to leave one thing behind for something that I hope that I will love more, while assuming an irreversible risk. As I begin my medical education on July 25th 2016, I will embark into the unknown. I know that this education will set me apart from my past, undoubtedly changing the course of my posterity. This is my main purpose, my drive. That not only can I serve to the best of my ability, but I can also pursue self actualization and potentiate that reality for my posterity. However, in order to endeavor these things, I have to leave behind the career I have built over the last nine years. Not only will I miss my career, but my men of whom I served with for the greater portion of my adult life. This leads to my point, where I must end one great experience in order to fulfill a greater purpose. Something much greater than myself. Something that will change the potential of my priceless posterity for generations to come.

          I will never forget the moment that I decided I wanted to become a doctor, and the work that it has taken to have this opportunity. The key to my success has been simply to believe that I had the potential to achieve my dream. Here I am at the brink of this decision I made so many years ago. I am ready, here I go.    

W.E.

Friday, December 4, 2015

From Whence We Came.....

As I move forward having achieved intragenerational upward mobility I am constantly faced with things concerning my past. The antagonizing stimuli that cause reflection is such that I must explain myself in the context of my past for the purpose that I can be compared to others. It didn't take long to see that most people mistakenly perceive my past as that of a disadvantage. However, I have reached a different conclusion. Perhaps the misunderstanding is derived from the fact that it is hard to interpret and gauge something if it has not been immediately experienced. So, as having actually lived through my experience, I can confidently conclude that my past is that which provides me with great strength. I absolutely deny that my past has resulted in leaving me helpless or that I am disadvantaged because of it. I strongly urge those in similar situations to take serious thought to those that question and poke; that you can also see your own past only as a source of strength and confidence. 

W.E.