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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.    


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. 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Significance or Non-significance?

           Our lives consist of our reality and that which concerns our limited focus on the microfocal perception of such. My contention is of our significance in such a vast universe and if we ourselves, as individuals, have any real impact. Our solar system is known to be one of a billion others, just in our galaxy, and our galaxy is that of one in an approaching asymptotic infinity of others. What is the impact of our seemingly unimaginable insignificance? However, my education in molecular science caused me to think microscopically as opposed to macro, and in doing so I seemed to have reached a sound compromise. On a level much too small for even the most advanced electron microscope to elucidate we have deducted that our bodies attain vital energy from the step-wise transfer of electrons, and the complex integration of functional proteins. The small, practically invisible, entities all serve a specific function that make human existence possible. By extrapolating this idea in the opposite manner I can't help but think that our existence is like that of the electron, relatively. That we play a functional role in all of existence, in the universe and beyond. Every human being that has ever existed, or that will ever exist, is able to be quantifiably differentiated by their genetic sequence. We are all unique. There can be no way to deny the that their is reason for human existence.

           I strive that every person should try and see beyond their own micro-existence, that we may be able to see our vital functionality in all of existence, how important we all are. This idea gives reason that we should all function to be our very best, that we may serve to contribute to those around us. Notwithstanding, to understand the real significance of our presence in all the vastness of the universe. We are the electrons and protons of the entire universe.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Finding Comfort In The Dark

           We are taught from young to plan, to think ahead, and to secure our future; indeed, these qualities are that of greatness, but also the cause of confusion. The true essence of living is actually letting go and realizing that nothing is this short little life is for certain. In all objective reality our most well planned goals and dreams can be influenced by factors beyond our control, indeed understanding the spontaneity of life will allow us to see life for what it really is. This learned concept of an idealistic reality, in which we try to control, is something that is most definitely important for success, however as long as we can understand its limitations and assumptions. More or less we must plan for the best, and hope that the worst never comes into fruition, however when it does, are we ready to deal? Finding comfort in situations which we never planned for or expected warrants, not anxiety, but hope for a new journey; indeed, uncharted territory may be the thing that we need most and should be embraced. True comfort and happiness in this life cannot be circumstantially dependent upon meeting one's perfectly planned trajectory, but moreover being independent of pre-determined notions. Embracing adversity is adaptation in itself, and increases our relative fitness for living realistically and accepting future's indeterminate forecast.

-W. Evans    

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day by Day....and Into the Future

Obtaining the "right" perspective when setting out on an exhaustive journey to achieve our goals can be very difficult. In my journey to reach my educational and familial goals I have had many struggles in maintaining a positive and healthy perspective. My journey will take many years to reach,indeed, consuming almost one fourth of my adult life. This can be overwhelming at times, and it can be very exciting as well. I get really overwhelmed when faced with the everyday grind, but keeping the end in sight helps me remember the purpose of why I am doing what I am doing. However, this perspective is in dynamic equilibrium in that some days I can't help but thinking "what am I doing, I have so much longer to go!!" This is where the shift in perspective with respect to the day-by-day outlook becomes beneficial. In these instances I say to myself "If I just keep doing what I am doing right now, I will undoubtedly reach my goal." Having flexibility in one's idea of the present and future helps to develop a long standing, and dynamic, perspective. I have been told by someone I admire dearly that "you must find joy in the journey", and I believe that adopting this philosophy and truly applying it will ensure that we find happiness along the long road we are travelling. Our experience in this lifetime is so very limited, as time continues at a constant and unstoppable rate. The only control that we have is in determining what we will do with our time. Are we going to worry it away? are we going to spend every moment focusing on our own individualistic affairs ? I believe that the greatest way we can spend our time is at the service of others, and with the ones we love the most. Overall, keeping in mind a day-by-day and long term perspective will help us stay on track in ensuring that our most precious of time is not wasted or worried away.

-W. Evans