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Point to Ponder

Who am I? Thoughts from Bruce Lee.

By Dave Kovar


Happy 2015, everyone!

I thought it would be good to start the first full week of the new year with a poem written by Bruce Lee. It was published in John Little's book, Bruce Lee - Artist of Life. It is called "Who am I" and was sent in the form of a letter to Bruce's friend and one of my mentors, Jhoon Rhee, the founder of Tae Kwon Do in America.

Who Am I?

Who am I?
That is the age-old question
Asked by every man
At one time or another.

Though he looks into a mirror
And recognizes the face, 
Though he knows his own name
And age and history, 
Still he wonders, deep down, 
Who am I?

Am I a giant among men, 
Master of all I survey,
Or an ineffectual pygmy
Who clumsily blocks his own way?

Am I the self-assured gentleman
With a winning style,
The natural born leader
Who makes friends instantly, 
Or the frightened heart 
Tiptoeing among strangers

Who, behind a frozen smile, trembles
Like a little boy lost in a dark forest?

Most of us yearn to be one, 
But fear we are the other.
Yet we CAN be 
What we aspire to be.

Those who cultivate
Their natural instincts,
Who set their sights 
On the good, the admirable,
the excellent,
And believe they can achieve it
Will find their confidence

And, in the process,
They will discover the true
Of him who looks back from
the mirror.

by Dave Kovar