The Way of the Superior Man – A Quote

October 30, 2008 at 7:49 pm 4 comments

I just started reading The Way of the Superior Man, by David Deida.  I’m only on page 14, and it’s awesome.  In fact, it’s so good that I had to share this quote with you now, rather than wait till I’m finished to include it in a newsletter.  This book was written to be directed at men, or more correctly, anyone with a “masculine essence,” but this priceless gem applies to everyone equally, so just go ahead and insert YOURSELF anywhere it says “he,” or “men” or whatever (unless you ARE a “he,” or “men,” or whatever).  Check it out:

Most men make the error of thinking that one day it will be done.  They think, “If I can work enough, then one day I could rest.”  Or, “One day my woman will understand something and then she will stop complaining.”  Or, “I’m only doing this now so that one day I can do what I really want with my life.”  The masculine error is to think that eventually things will be different in some fundamental way.  They won’t.  It never ends.  As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tussle, play, and make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift.

It’s never going to be over, so stop waiting for the good stuff.  As of now, spend a minimum of one hour a day doing whatever you are waiting to do until your finances are more secure, or until the children have grown and left home, or until you have finished your obligations and you feel free to do what you really want to do.  Don’t wait any longer.  Don’t believe in the myth of “one day when everything will be different.”  Do what you love to do, what you are waiting to do, what you’ve been born to do, now. 

Spend at least one hour a day doing whatever you simply love to do – what you deeply feel you need to do, in your heart – in spite of the daily duties that seem to constrain you.  However, be forewarned:  you may discover that you don’t, or can’t do it;  that in fact, your fantasy of your future life is simply a fantasy. 

Most postponements are excuses for a lack of creative discipline.  Limited money and family obligations have never stopped a man who really wanted to do something, although they provide excuses for a man who is not really up to the creative challenge in the first place.  Find out today whether you are willing to do what it takes to give your gift fully.  As a first step, spend at least an hour today giving your fullest gift, whatever that is for today, so that when you go to sleep at night you know you couldn’t have lived your day with more courage, creativity, and giving.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paintandsoul  |  November 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    That is a really good quote. I love what I do, and I have too many passions to do each of them for an hour a day, haha. Still, it’s a nice reminder that I could do better about that.

  • 2. Cassie  |  November 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    This quote is perfect for a few people I know!
    Putting off doing the things you want for a “better time” is really only putting off your own happiness. I try my best to do a little bit of something I love at least once a month. It’s good for the soul.

  • 3. Mary Greening  |  December 17, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    This is an amazing book. I have given it to several friends as gifts. As a woman it was liberating to read. It gave me a language to define what it is I long for. Women raising sons…buy this book and use it as a guide.

    • 4. averagegoddess  |  December 19, 2008 at 8:19 am

      You are SO right Mary! Empowering is the perfect word for it… and the idea of giving this to anyone raising sons, well, that is just brilliant.

      Seriously girls (and boys), you MUST get this book.


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