As a future trend for this series, I will highlight quotes from one of my idols and primary sources of inspiration, the legendary Bruce Lee. In terms of Fight Club, Bruce Lee would be my power animal (he was originally human, but was as fierce as most animals…). For those who don’t know Bruce Lee beyond his “Enter the Dragon” and “Green Hornet” work, he was not only one of the greatest fighters of our modern time, but also one of the greatest philosophers.
Bruce Lee’s penultimate book, “Tao of Jeet Kune Do”, is a powerful guide on how to be deft, harmonious and reflective.
“He intended it as a record of one man’s way of thinking and as a guide, not a set of instructions… When you have finished this book, you will know Bruce Lee better, but hopefully you will also know yourself better.” (Linda Lee Caldwell)
I am not a martial artist and never have been. Though learning the practice of JKD interests me, I haven’t had enough time to learn the teachings in the framework of martial arts. Instead, I apply the philosophies of JKD to graphic design, visual arts and the rest of my creative practice.
“Jeet Kune Do, ultimately, is not a matter of petty technique but of highly developed personal spirituality and physique. It is not a question of developing what has already been developed but of recovering what has been left behind. These things have been with us, in us, all the time and have never been lost or distorted except by our misguided manipulation of them. Jeet Kune Do is not a matter of technology but of spiritual insight and training.” (Lee)
First snow today. The wind is whipping furiously, bringing driving rain and snow globe-like gusts. The season of human hibernation is approaching, where I dodge the inclement temps and tempests for the shelter of my creative space.
A good reminder that I have much to accomplish this winter.