555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 113.
Time Awake: 8:13 a.m.
I am still digesting Miyamoto Musashi’s “The Book of Five Rings.” There is one chapter where he describes various stances and techniques for fighting with swords.
As I mentioned previously, if you take the words “Martial Arts” and replace them with the word “Life,” the principles can be applied to actual living.
There is one area where he talks about “One Strike.” It’s very brief and he doesn’t even go into details about what “One Strike” means. He says to keep it in your mind and in your soul and your actions will follow, but he doesn’t describe what “One Strike” is. He says it is something you will know via practice.
Okay. So what is “One Strike” pertaining to Life?
To me, the answer to that is clear: Everything you do in Life should be done with the most direct method. For example, if you have the option of sending an email or going to a place in person, you go to the place in person. You will encounter people in person and have a better chance of actively getting the thing done that you need to Do.
This is better than sitting back, passively, waiting and hoping something is going to happen.
Every single thing we Do should be active. We’re only going to be alive for so long. We only get so many breaths. We only get so many words. We’re going to be here for as long as we are. So get done what needs to be done, when it needs to be done with the utmost quickness. You then have more time to enjoy everything else in Life.
One Strike, for a sword. One Strike, for all that must be accomplished in Life.