Anyone who has spent any time engaging in real talk with me knows the high value I place on the world view and disciplined practice of Mind Over Matter. To guard (or at least, try to guard) one’s thoughts through flurries of doubt and pessimism, to take action despite circumstances, and to capture wins in seemingly impossible situations. It’s very Kung Fu really. Which is why I often relate to martial arts analogies and old time sayings.

I mean the poetry, wisdom, and warriorness of it all. Like this quote from one of my favorites and also a classic book on samurai strategy:

“Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy, it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.” -Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

I love that stuff!  Occasionally, these Mind Over Matter metaphors spin full circle, going from the realm of symbol back to the tangible world. For instance, real martial arts master, Carlito Bonjoc Jr. from San Jose, California, who trains his students – from the seat of his wheelchair. We could all take a cue from this individual’s example. “I’m in a very fortunate situation with my physical disability. Because of what I do, I can help influence people who have other types of challenges,” he says. I find inspiration in these kinds of stories. I see and hear folks like Carlito and it fortifies my own no-excuses-no-matter-what policy.

See the video below and read SFGate’s coverage on this artist here.