The Art of Surrender

Bruce Lee QuoteWhat do you fear? What holds you back? What do you want? Why aren’t you better? Why aren’t you stronger? Why aren’t you smarter? There is so much more you are capable of, yet you linger here, weak and afraid. You know what you want, whether you realize it or not. There is a passion inside of you for something greater. What do you fear?

The world is before you, and yet here you remain. Is it failure you fear? Loneliness? Change? The unknown? Rejection? Pain? What holds you back? What are you holding on to? What is your excuse?

You can never move forward if you hold onto what you are now. You can never step into the future if you linger in the past.

Why is a wounded animal the most dangerous? Why is a hungry lion the one to fear? Because they are weak. Their weakness makes them fierce, it grants them a hunger for survival. Their comfort has been stripped from them, and they must fight to reattain it.

Why did the Persians fear the Spartans after the battle of Thermopylae? Because the Spartans surrendered their right to life and victory in order to destroy as many as possible. They did not fight to win, they simply fought. They surrendered everything that held them back from ferosity, even victory, in order fight. They fought until their weapons failed them and they were left with their teeth and nails as weapons.

What holds you back? What satisfies you? What comforts you? This is what keeps you from growing.

What do you fear? This is what you should embrace.

A man who wishes to grow strong yet also wishes to be comfortable cannot have both. When he stands in front of the barbell, he must surrender his right to comfort or his longing for strength.

A hero is not great because he is strong, he is great because when he was weak he surrendered his right to himself. Doing so allowed him to hold onto his courage.

You cannot hold onto who you are now and who you wish to become. To do so will destroy you, will make you mediocre. You must let go of one so you may hold onto the other.

Surrender everything that holds you back, and you are free. Free to grow, free to change, free to succeed, free to fail.

Surrender who you are now, and you are free to follow the quiet and steady passion in your heart. This is the art of surrender. Surrender the things that make you weak, and you are only left with what makes you strong.

The hungry, wounded dog is more dangerous than the satisfied lion.

The more you surrender, the less you have to take. The less you have to destroy. The less you have to lose. This makes you strong. This allows you to hold on to what matters.

Become weak. Become hungry. Become thirsty. When you have nothing left to surrender, then you are ready. Then you are fierce. Then you are brave.

When you have surrendered even your hope of victory and instead hold onto your courage, no amount of failure may stop you.

When you have surrendered your contentment, you are left with only a hunger for growth.

When you have surrenered who you are now, you are free to discover who you may become.

What do you fear? Surely not failure, for failure prepares you for success. Could it be rejection? Surely no, for this makes your examine you motives and actions. Or is it danger of the unknown you fear? Fearing this merely means you are alive and wise, for a fool fears not and a dead man cannot fear at all.

Instead you should fear yourself. Not as you are now, but what you may become. The greatest fire began as a single spark. What does your future hold? Remain who you are now, and you will never know what you could have been.

Fear change, or fear stagnation.

Hold onto comfort, or hold onto growth.

Surrender your present, or surrender your potential.

Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.
Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’”
Joel 3:9-10

Fear who you will become, and pray your heart is not misguided.

This is the art of surrender.

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