Evolve or Die

I have long accepted my limited social abilities and, for lack of any good reason other than convenience, avoided any situations that may expose me to new social interactions. Limited social interaction alone would not normally be such a bad thing, but when it leads to neglecting interpersonal communication, especially with those you love, the end result can be disastrous and detrimental to life itself.

The Kalabarian analysis of my name says the following about my weaknesses:

Often I am so fired up about my own projects or goals that I inadvertently run over or ignore other people’s feelings and interests. Being receptive and appreciative of others’ contributions, ideas, and feelings would go a long way in improving my relationships.

Weaknesses should not be something to accept and ignore, but rather a guide for what needs the most attention! From this day onward, I will make a conscious effort to improve my interactions with others and learn to value any opportunities to improve my interpersonal communication skills.

To evolve or die means to learn to meet new challenges as they arise and overcome them or to remain stubborn and inflexible. We need to apply this lesson to our own self-imposed limitations in life. If we accept those limitations and let them define us, we exponentially decrease our potential for growth. We should not learn to accept who we are, but rather learn to accept that we are limitless beings.

Edit: I should mention that in this context to evolve means to continuously adapt and face challenges in life. To die means to live in a box and accept your perceived limitations.

Believe in Possibility

In bodybuilding, it is known that you should always work your weakest muscle first. If your biceps are weak but your triceps are strong, always working your triceps first will leave you little energy to work and build your biceps -- your biceps will remain weak.

Similarly, when advancing our knowledge and intelligence it would make most sense to concentrate on those things which we find most difficult -- doing so would insure we live to our highest potential and do not become highly limited in our abilities.

Believing we have limits, and doubting the possibility of that which we cannot even imagine, greatly limits the extent to what we can accomplish. After all, believing something is possible is the first step in making it a reality. Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean, Thomas Edison created the light bulb, and the Wright Brothers successfully proved manned flight was possible, by having strong belief in their possibility.

As human beings, we not only have the unique ability to make conscious decisions, but to take something unbelievable and believe it is possible. This leads us to discovery, invention, learning, and the self-improvement. It is our belief that we know everything which prevents us from discovering and learning new things. It is said that there are so few things left to be invented now-a-days, but I believe it's the vast wealth of information available to us that is restricting our creative energies. We're constantly reminded of how much we already know and how much we, as a human race, have learned and discovered.

Martin Cooper invented the cell phone after watching some of the first episodes of Star Trek. He saw Captain Kirk communicate wirelessly using the communicator and said, "Why not? That should be reality!". The cell phones carried around today are even more advanced than the "science fiction" communicator used in Star Trek.

Believe in possibility.