My mental state leads to power or
paralysis. If I have a positive state, I have power. If I have a
negative state, I have paralysis. Positive states enhance my
performance, and negative states degrade it.
If I donít control my state, then by default, it will control me. I
will ride the roller coaster of state through all of its ups and downs
as my life spirals out of control.
My state of mind is a choice. If I donít like my state, I can change it
using the power of physiology. When I change my physiology, I change my
state. I can instantly create depression by slumping in a chair,
putting a frown on my face, sighing, and looking at the floor. I can
instantly alleviate depression by standing up straight, taking a deep
breath, squaring my shoulders, putting a smile on my face, and looking
at the ceiling. Vigorous physical exercise drives depression from my
mind. Once my endorphins start flowing, I create a physiology in which
depression is impossible.
My state of mind is a choice when I use physiology to strong-arm my
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In darkest hours of
World War II, Winston Churchill told the world they had nothing to fear
except fear itself. Today things are different. A new culture
of fear runs rampant in western democracies, and politicians who should
be telling people to not be afraid are using fear to manipulate and
control the populace. Something is wrong with this picture, and I'll
I have a healthy respect for sharks when they are in feeding frenzy,
and if someone is spear fishing, I get out of the water, but I'm not
afraid. I'm simply using my God-given common sense. I know it's not
difficult to stay out of harms way when I make a visit to Shark Land.
Certain types of behavior on my part may create aggressive behavior on a
shark's part. Nevertheless, I shouldn't blame sharks for their
aggressive behavior, and instead, I should stop doing things that make
them become aggressive. It would be stupid for me to do things that
create aggression, and then expect sharks to remain docile and
disinterested. The reason I'm not afraid of sharks is because I don't
do things that place me at risk for attacks by sharks.
I lived outside the USA for a quarter of a century,
and sixteen of those years were in the Middle East. During all those
years I wasn't afraid. There was no reason to be afraid because I
didn't engage in behavior that placed me at risk. Innumerable times
fearful people have told me how dangerous it was to live in the Middle
East, how perilous it was to sail through the Malacca Straits, and how
sharks wanted to take me out to dinner, and they are right. Half-truths
and quarter-truths are the currency of fearful minds. The Middle East
is dangerous in specific small restricted areas, and the same is true in
Miami and New York. I wouldn't go into a Seven-Eleven convenience store
after ten o'clock at night anywhere in the USA. I know of people who
died in a convenience store at night. The last time I checked, 35,000
people were killed with guns in America in a single year. Homegrown
violence in America is appalling. Do you remember Columbine? So what
is more dangerous, living in the Middle East or in Middle America? The
answer is that both are dangerous if you engage in behaviors putting you
at risk. Even with the handgun carnage that happens every day in
America, I'm not afraid to live in America because I know how to stay
out of harms way.
I sailed up the Red Sea for two months and had an enjoyable trip,
and I would like to do it again. The Red Sea has wonderful diving, and
good people live in all the countries around its shores.
Everywhere I go in the world, 98 percent of the people are good honest
citizens, and there is nothing to fear from them. I have traveled
extensively in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Oman, the
Emirates, and Israel, and I have always been treated with respect.
Without exception, the only time I have been treated rudely was in large
cities by citified folks who were in a hurry, and who are rude to
everyone, not just me.
Every place I visit on planet earth is extremely
dangerous when I do things that put me in harms way. At the same time,
every place is extremely safe, and there is nothing to fear when I turn
on my brain and use it. That's why God gave me a brain and programmed
it with common sense. When I turn on my brain, I can go almost anywhere
I want without fear springing up in my heart.
I'm not immune to fear, and I'm not a brave person, but at the same
time, I don't let fear rule my life. I sailed around the world for
eleven years on my yacht and traveled where many people fear to go. I
discovered that Winston Churchill was right. The only thing we have to
fear is fear itself.
In spite of sharks and their rows of fearful teeth, life still is
Please excuse me now. I'm going for a swim.