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Monday, January 14, 2013

Is being afraid the easiest thing to do? My cat and Jedi Master Yoda would disagree

You control your thoughts, you control your choices, you control your actions, you control the results.
Judi Perkins

[Kim is blurry...
or How incredibly difficult it is to take a picture of her]

"Do or do not; there is no try". This is at least what Jedi Master Yoda thinks and teaches. And what successful people adopted in their every day routine, by doing something and doing it over and over again, in order to become better through practice and/or to get what they want.

My black cat Kim Novak doesn't agree at all with the Grand Master of the Jedi Order from Star Wars and I can see it regularly every week. For some absolutely inexplicable reasons, she - unlike the famous Japanese cat Maru - is afraid of the vacuum cleaner. As soon as she sees it - even before it is actually on - she just runs away as fast as she can. And she can be really fast, believe me.

Why? I have no clue. I can't remember any bad moment involving her and the vacuum cleaner, but no matter how hard I try to show her that there is no reason to be afraid, she is already gone as soon as the vacuum cleaner is in sight.

Are we so different from her? Or are we used to let fear stop us from doing what we want, too? From achieving what we desire or from changing our lives? Is it in fact easier to be afraid and run away or does it only seem easier?

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Ihr beherrscht eure Gedanken, ihr beherrscht eure Entscheidungen, ihr beherrscht eure Tätigkeiten, ihr beherrscht die Ergebnisse.
Judi Perkins

"Tue es oder tue es nicht. Es gibt kein Versuchen". Das ist zumindest was der Jedi-Großmeister Yoda glaubt und lehrt. Dieser Philosophie folgen auch erfolgreiche Menschen jeden Tag, indem sie etwas wieder und wieder tun, um durch Übung besser darin zu werden und/oder zu erreichen, was sie möchten.

Meine schwarze Katze Kim Novak ist überhaupt nicht einverstanden mit dem Jedi-Großmeister aus Star Wars. Das merke ich jede Woche wieder: Aus irgendwelchen Gründen, die für mich echt unerklärlich sind, hat sie, im Gegensatz zu dem bekannten Japanischen Kater Maru, Angst von dem Staubsauger. Sobald sie ihn sieht, auch wenn er noch nicht angeschaltet ist, rennt sie weg so schnell wie möglich. Und sie kann wirklich schnell sein!

Wieso? Ich habe keine Ahnung. Ich kann mich nicht daran erinnern, dass ihr etwas Schlimmes durch den Staubsauger passiert ist. Trotzdem ist sie sofort weg, sobald der Staubsauger im gleichen Raum mit ihr ist. Egal wie viel Mühe ich mir gebe, ihr zu zeigen, dass ihre Angst unbegründet ist.

Sind wir wirklich anders als sie? Oder sind wir auch daran gewöhnt, uns von der Angst abhalten zu lassen, statt zu machen, was wir wollen? Statt zu erreichen, was wir uns wünschen oder statt unser Leben zu ändern? Ist es wirklich einfacher, Angst zu haben und wegzurennen, oder sieht es nur einfacher aus?

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Siete voi a controllare i vostri pensieri, voi a controllare le vostre scelte, voi a controllare le vostre azioni, voi a controllare i risultati.
Judi Perkins

"No! Provare no! Fare, o non fare! Non c'è provare!". Questo è perlomeno ciò che il Maestro Jedi Yoda crede e insegna. Ed è quanto viene messo in pratica ogni giorno dalle persone di successo, che ripetono le loro azioni ancora e ancora, per poter diventare migliori con la pratica e/o ottenere quello che desiderano.

La mia gatta nera, Kim Novak, non è per niente d'accordo con il Gran maestro dell'ordine dei Jedi di Star Wars e me ne rendo conto nuovamente ogni settimana. Per ragioni per me assolutamente inspiegabili, Kim - al contrario del famoso gatto giapponese Maru - ha paura dell'aspirapolvere e non appena lo vede, prima ancora che venga acceso, scappa via il più velocemente possibile. E lei sa essere davvero veloce, credetemi...

Perché? Non ne ho idea. Non mi ricordo di alcun episodio sgradevole in cui lei e l'aspirapolvere siano stati coinvolti, ma per quanto io tenti di mostrarle che non ci sono motivi di aver paura, non faccio in tempo a impugnare l'aspirapolvere che è già sparita.

Siamo poi tanto diversi da lei? Oppure siamo abituati anche noi a lasciare che la paura ci impedisca di fare quello che desideriamo? Di ottenere ciò a cui aspiriamo o di cambiare la nostra vita? Avere paura e scappare via è davvero più facile o sembra solo più facile?


Tags: Kim Novak, Black cat, Schwarze Katze, Gatta nera, Fear, Angst, Paura, Yoda, Judi Perkins, Quotes, Zitate, Citazioni, Do, Tun, Fare

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