The Daily Show reported recently that scientists in Japan had invented a robot that is capable of recognising its own reflection in a mirror.
“When the robot learns to hate what it sees,” said host John Stewart, “it will have achieved full humanity.”

When we hate our lives and ourselves, two models present themselves as models of salvation.
The first is the therapeutic model. In the therapeutic model, we are told (or we tell ourselves) that we are “sick”.
What ails us is a “condition” or a “disease.”
A condition or a disease may be remedied by “treatment.”
Right now we are “ill.” After treatment, we will be “well.” Then we will be happy and will be able to function productively in society and in the world.
That’s one way of look at our troubles.
The second way is the moralistic model. The moralistic model is about good and evil. The reason we are unhappy, we are told (or tell ourselves) is that we have done something “wrong.” We have committed a “crime” or a “sin.”
In some versions of the moralistic model, we don’t even have to have done anything wrong. The human being, we are told, was born wrong.
The answer to the condition of wrongness is punishment and penance. When we have “served our penance” and “atoned for our sins,” we will be “pardoned” and “released.”
However there is a possible third model.
This “possibility” proposes the model of the amateur and the professional.
The thesis of this model is that what ails you and me has nothing to do with being sick or wrong. What ails us is that we are living our lives as amateurs.
The solution is that we turn pro.
Turning pro is free, but it is not easy. You don’t need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind.
Turning pro is free, but it’s not without cost. When we turn pro, we give up a life with which we may have become extremely comfortable. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own. We may have to give up friends, lovers, even spouses.
Turning pro is free, but demands sacrifice. The passage is often accompanied by an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and philosophically. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. 
It hurts.
It’s messy and it’s scary
We tread in blood when we turn pro

When we turn pro, we leave our amateur ways behind and announce, if only within ourselves, that we have earned our battle scars and learned from our wayward ways to brand ourselves as professionals. 

From the book Turning Pro – Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’sWork by Steven Pressfield




They don’t know that growing up is learning pain”
 Highway to the Sun – Ray LaMontagne 


We have a tough and demanding choice to make.
Do we allow the pain we have experienced so far, plus the added and ongoing pressures of life to disqualify our ability to reason with ourselves
Or, do we do we learn to harness some grit and challenge our status quo?

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end

Resistance: Resistance stops us from committing to the important work of our lives – not just committing to it, but fighting like hell to get it done.
Resistance is choosing to willingly succumb to, or ignore, the distractions and addictions that can tempt and affects all of us. 

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate
– C. G. Jung

Resilience: “Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.” 
Or, what I like to call “bouncebackability.”
Our ability to not only bounce-back, but to also ‘glean the wisdom’ from the painful and challenging lessons that we have, and have to face. It is our ability to climb over, under or through our obstacles is where we learn and grown… as author Ryan Holiday says the obstacle is the way.”

In my opinion resilience is a competency to manifest and to ‘forge-ahead‘ with realistic-vision and purpose. To willingly ‘seek, understand and embrace the disciplines’ that will be required to move forward and to actualise our desired potentiality. 

The Trifecta of Resilience
Our *Inner-Citadel, to use a Marcus Aurelius term, demands that our physiological resilience, psychological resilience and philosophical resilience are working synergistically. Just like a tricycle with a missing wheel, if we fail to connect how we think, what we do, and who we are, then, like the broken tricycle, we’ll end up going round n round in circles, and probably falling off more than we’d care to.

[*The Inner Citadel is a fortress around your innermost self, so that externals, meaning all the things we cannot control, are powerless against our higher sense of will and reason]   

If there is a single skill that will get you though life above all others – more important than cleverness or passion or imagination – it is resilience. Without it, even the most brilliant person can be crushed. And the key here is that no one can develop resilience in a vacuum. You have to fail in order to learn how to recover from failure.

Change your mind to how you view your own failings and your own missteps, whilst better-preparing your mindset and your physical wellbeing to forge through the obstacles that lie ahead…whatever they be. 

Till next time