So it’s been a long, long time since my last email to you – and for that I do apologize – sincerely!
It could be argued, of course that I have a valid excuse – or several – but at the end of the day none of them really cut it. I’ve been remiss, and for that I do apologize again – and what exactly have I been up to, you ask?
For starters, I’ve been dealing with a business deal gone awry in the worst possible way and the worst possible time – and to top it all off, the “deal” I agreed to might have actually been a SCAM of the worst order.
Not just a scam per se – but a scam where the person literally abuses the trust invested in them by the customer – something that is NOT given easily if you’re talking Rahul Mookerjee … and I must admit, seasoned China campaigner though I am, this particular “scam” took the wind out of my sails for a while there!
Then I’ve been dealing with some issues with my tea business – the delivery side of things – all normal business issues of course, but all issues that take a LOT of time to resolve.
Good news is this – all has been resolved on that front, and we’re still shipping tea galore to all parts of the world. I still haven’t gotten around to updating the sales page for the tea, but here it is anyway in its current “avatar” – https://0excusesfitness.com/shop/
And then there have been some other issues going on … all of which made it impossible for me to write to you – not necessarily just due to lack of time – but because the thing I value the most was getting taken away from me amidst all this – that being my own PEACE OF MIND!
Over the past few days, I’ve been reading Napoleon Hill’s “Grow Rich with Peace of Mind“, and as with all of Hill’s writings, every time I read the book – I not only feel a sense of deep “connection” to the “spirit” (if that makes any sense!) – but also a deep, deep sense of satisfaction and peace of mind – even as I read it.
Hill’s life mirrors my own in many ways, and as I read this book over the past few days, I realized the mistake I was making – that being to allow this particular business deal to take up too much of my time – and ruin my peace of mind.
Sure, I was scammed if you look at it a certain way. Sure, the person abused my trust – and sure, I trusted my gut as usual when I made the deal – and CONTINUE to do so.
But as Hill says in his book … Ultimately nothing matters.
And it doesnt, my friend. It sure doesnt!
But all of this wouldn’t be complete without me telling you what I’ve been reading for the past TWO days – something so compelling that I can never seem to put it down when I start to read it.
Something that is timeless. A classic. Something that I learn from EVERY TIME I crack open the book …
And that something is Emerson’s essay on compensation. If there is ONE bit of reading that should be made mandatory for everyone – in schools, colleges, workplaces and everywhere – it is this little gem.
Quoting from Emerson’s essay –
Men suffer all their life long under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated. But it is as impossible for a man to be cheated by any one but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time. There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the fulfilment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss.
He goes on to state that …
Every act rewards itself, or in other words integrates itself, in a twofold manner; first in the thing, or in real nature; and secondly in the circumstance, or in apparent nature. Men call the circumstance the retribution. The causal retribution is in the thing and is seen by the soul. The retribution in the circumstance is seen by the understanding; it is inseparable from the thing, but is often spread over a long time and so does not become distinct until after many years.
The specific stripes may follow late after the offence, but they follow because they accompany it. Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that unsuspected ripens within the flower of the pleasure which concealed it. Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preëxists in the means, the fruit in the seed.
I don’t know about you, but as I read these words – and indeed the entire essay on Compensation – I feel a deep, deep sense of PEACE flooding over me – and a sense of calm brought upon by the realization that – ultimately nothing matters!
And that brings me to my “visit” with the Sage of Concord as he’s called – the incomparable, immortal Ralph Waldo Emerson.
As I was completing my hike this morning, Emerson’s words above kept ringing in my mind.
Now, this isn’t unusual for me, of course. I often think about business matters, goals etc when working out (that’s a tip right there for y’all!) – but today was DIFFERENT.
Something was different, and as I was on my 4th climb up the hill, I suddenly felt my heart flutter.
Not beat faster. Not pound like it does while sprinting. Not just “out of breath” .
No, this was a heart flutter. The hairs on my arms rose up, and for a brief instant, the world seemed to “stop” if that makes any sense.
The birds twittered louder. The skies seem to “close in on me”. And I stopped right there in my tracks – as if a thunderbolt had hit me.
And the command came to me – as clear as if a Sergeant General had uttered it.
Emerson’s face flashed into my mind, and it was him speaking to me as he told me to take the reins up again – in terms of writing to you guys!
“You’ve been remiss! You know fully well – indeed, you have TAUGHT this – that you can only find true peace of mind when you’re engaged in the one activity that you were MEANT to perform – indeed – the very reason for your existence!
Go back immediately after your workout, and commence doing what you were doing so well until May 6 after which the business “deal” you were engaged in got the better of you – with results that speak for themselves!”
There was more, but that one command was enough to “get me back on the stick” as it were. Actually, I was musing over writing to you a couple a days ago too – but when the Sage speaks – you know you’ve been remiss – and you LISTEN!
This wasn’t a one off, by the way. This “spell” if I may term it as such kept re-occuring as I climbed up and down – as if to remind me that I’ve been remiss – big time – and that I better rectify it!
Well, my friend – so I have. So I have – and in terms of workouts, you ask?
Been hitting it hard and heavy as usual. I’m in the best shape of my life – perhaps even BETTER than when I created the 0 Excuses Fitness System – and the key to this?
Well, simplicity – I’ve been keeping things simple – real simple.
What do I mean by that?
Well, I’ve been working the legs and back heavily – and nothing else. Funnily enough this leg and back work has result in fantastic chest, shoulder and upper body development – not to mention chiseling away fat at record breaking speeds as well.
Pull-ups are one part of the equation.
Well – stay tuned for tomorrow’s email!
So, that is that for now, my friend. I’ll be back again later!
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