I started a series on the subject – The Mind Game and I stated emphatically that if we must win the numerous battles of life and make meaningful progress towards our goals then the mind game or battles must be to our advantage.
Amongst the many phrases that I mentioned, one which resonates a lot with me is the witty words of Sir Winston Churchill that “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
This further goes to express how sacred the activities of the mind are, in terms of our well being.
In this episode, let me further emphasize a little more on the importance of securing dominant control of the activities of your mind.
On this, another sage has this to say, “What lies before us and what lies behind us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Another added that a man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
Don’t try to gain prominence by enforcing external changes at the expense of internal changes, because it will ultimately mean nothing has or will change.
|Great Wall of China|
For instance, Ancient Chinese had the problem of enemies invading their territories and they decided to do something about it. They built, still standing, one of the world’s longest structural projects – The Great Wall of China to protect its most volatile areas. Let me quickly and briefly provide you with some of the features of the Wall to help you understand the magnitude of the project:
· Ranging between 15-30 feet wide and 25 feet high; though the highest point on the wall is over 5,000 feet.
· The wall has more than 10,000 Watchtowers and each up to 40 feet tall.
· It is said that the Wall can be seen from the moon/space.
· As I earlier mentioned, it is the longest man-made structure in the world – over 6,000km long and considered the longest cemetery site because of the over 1million people that died during its years long construction!
But guess what? This Wall was invaded twice on the account of Barbarians simply bribing the gate keepers without lifting a weapon on those two occasions.
So what was the problem? Simple; premium was given to external activities, but internal ones were trivialized – like educating its citizens about the value of patriotism.
In the same vein, the mind must be taught or given expectation or else it will run anarchy.
The Legendary actor, Charlie Chaplin said of himself, “Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was there I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. You had to feel the exuberance that comes from utter confidence in yourself. Without it you go down to defeat.”
Seneca added, “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.”
Don’t ignore your within and don’t act at the expense of your internal processing.
Keep ensuring that your content is not compromised, that you are doing everything possible to grow your mind because for a fellow that has a lot of external glamour without growing him or herself internally, there is no hope of a glorious future.
POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “One of the early signs of sophistication is not giving way to all inclinations but rather sending your emotion to school so they will learn how to behave.”
Authored by: Anointed Enoh