Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.
~ Muhammad Ali
It’s that persistence that counts. So even though I may be a day or two late with my daily entries, I play catch up, always with my goal in mind. Otherwise this practice-led research journal-blog will be all for nothing. That said, because this blog is dialogic in nature, it helps in fuelling my ambition.
Tristine Rainer mentions in her book The New Diary: How to Use a Journal for Self-Guidance and Expanded Creativity (1978) that a journal should evoke therapeutic and creative benefits, as it should permit the writer to tap valuable inner resources to recognize and alter self-defeating habits of the mind. Here, I acknowledge my problem in order to exorcise it into a tangible state for a fighting chance in “the ring.”
People think time is the enemy, but time is an illusion, and the obstacles, be it opponent or other, are reflections of your self unfolded. Making sure your eyes are open is key. The vision is your most powerful weapon in the fight against yourself. ‘Sight beyond sight,’ as Lion-O from the Thundercats calls it, is necessary to see through and beyond it all to the end goal: the dream.
You need to be in touch with all facets of yourself: the inner child, the lover, the fighter, the fool, death, rebirth, the rest. As Roland Barthes so eloquently puts it, walk ‘the royal road by which we know a country best.’