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  • Translator: Leslie Gauthier Reviewer: Joanna Pietrulewicz

  • Bruce Lee is my father,

  • and he is best well-known as a martial artist

  • and an action film star,

  • as I'm sure most of you know.

  • He died when I was four years old,

  • but I have a really deep memory of him.

  • I don't have those long-form, storied memories that you do when you're older,

  • but the memory that I do have is of the feeling of him.

  • I remember his energy,

  • his presence,

  • his love --

  • the safety of it,

  • the power of it,

  • the radiance of it.

  • And to me that memory is very deep and personal.

  • And it is the memory of the quality of his essential nature.

  • What a lot of people don't know about my father

  • is that he was also a philosopher.

  • He had a very ever-evolving philosophy

  • that he lived,

  • and it is that distinction -- that he lived his philosophy

  • and didn't just espouse his philosophy --

  • that made him the force of nature that he was, and still engages us today.

  • His wisdom has salvaged me many times in my life:

  • when my brother died,

  • when my heart's been broken,

  • whenever I have faced a challenge to my mind, my body or my spirit,

  • the way that he expressed himself has lifted me up.

  • And so I come to you today not as a researcher

  • or an educator or a guru

  • or even a life coach,

  • but as a student of Bruce Lee --

  • as his daughter,

  • and also as a student of my own life.

  • So ...

  • my big burning question that I want you all to consider today is ...

  • how are you?

  • Let me elaborate.

  • Whenever anyone would ask my mom what my father was like,

  • she would say, "How he was in front of the camera,

  • how you saw him in his films,

  • how you saw him in his interviews

  • was, in fact, exactly how he was."

  • There were not multiple Bruce Lees.

  • There was not public Bruce Lee and private Bruce Lee,

  • or teacher Bruce Lee and actor Bruce Lee and family man Bruce Lee.

  • There was just one unified, total Bruce Lee.

  • And that Bruce Lee had a very deep, philosophical life practice

  • called self-actualization.

  • You've probably heard that term before.

  • It's also known as how to be yourself in the best way possible.

  • And that Bruce Lee said this:

  • "When I look around, I always learn something

  • and that is to be always yourself,

  • and to express yourself and have faith in yourself.

  • Don't go out and find a successful personality and duplicate it,

  • but rather start from the very root of your being,

  • which is 'How can I be me?'"

  • Many of us have done some soul-searching

  • or at least some incessant thinking and worrying

  • about things like our purpose, our passion, our impact,

  • our values

  • and our "reason for being."

  • And that is sometimes considered our why.

  • Why am I here? Why this life?

  • What am I meant to be doing?

  • If we can grab a little piece of that information,

  • it can help to ground us and root us,

  • and it can also point us in a direction,

  • and typically what it points us to is our what.

  • What we manifest in the world,

  • what we have.

  • So our job, our home, our hobbies and the like.

  • But there's this little space in between the why and the what

  • that often doesn't get our full attention,

  • and that is our ...

  • how.

  • How we get there and the quality of that doing.

  • And I want to offer that this is actually the most important part of the equation

  • when it comes to our personal growth,

  • our sense of wholeness

  • and even the long-term impact that we make.

  • How is the action that bridges the gap from the internal to the external.

  • And bridging the gap is a very important concept

  • for martial artists like my father.

  • It's how you get from point A to point B.

  • It's how you get from here to your target under the most vital of circumstances.

  • And so it makes all the difference.

  • Do you get there as an amateur? Are you sloppy?

  • Are you wild, chaotic,

  • sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you're not lucky?

  • Or are you a warrior?

  • Are you confident?

  • Are you focused?

  • Are you skilled?

  • Are you intuitive?

  • Are you expressive, creative, aware?

  • So I want to talk to you today about your how in your life.

  • So we do a little bit of --

  • we spend a little time in existential crisis

  • over "Why am I here? What am I meant to be doing?"

  • and we put a ton of effort into our what --

  • our job, our career, our partner that we have

  • and the hobbies we pursue.

  • But I want us to consider

  • that our how is the expression of our why

  • in every what,

  • whether we're aware of it or not.

  • And so let's take an example.

  • Let's say that I have a value of kindness.

  • I'm all about kindness,

  • I feel really natural being kind,

  • I want to see more kindness in the world.

  • Is that kindness --

  • is that value in the result

  • or is it in the doing?

  • Are you trying to be kind when it's hard to be kind?

  • Can you do something you don't want to do kindly,

  • like fire someone?

  • Can you leave a relationship with kindness?

  • If kindness is the value,

  • then are you trying to express it

  • in the whole spectrum of your doing --

  • and trying to do that?

  • Or are you just doing it when it's easy?

  • So I want us to think about that for a moment

  • and consider, you know, if we come home

  • and we're kind and generous and loving with our kids,

  • but then we go to work

  • and we are dismissive

  • and rude to our assistant

  • and we treat them like a subhuman,

  • then there is a fragmentation in the beingness of our value.

  • And so I want us to consider that how we are in our lives

  • is in fact how we are.

  • Meaning, if I am the kind of person

  • that walks down the street and smiles at people

  • and says "hi" as I walk past them on the sidewalk,

  • then that is how I am.

  • But if I'm also the kind of person who makes fun of my brother

  • every chance that I get behind his back,

  • that is also the kind of person that I am.

  • And ultimately how we are

  • makes up the totality of the picture of who we are.

  • And so I want to talk about how do we unite these pieces

  • if we have any fragmentation.

  • I want to understand how we embody ourselves

  • as our one and only self.

  • How do we actualize the whole self?

  • My father said, "All goals apart from the means are an illusion.

  • There will never be means to ends --

  • only means.

  • And I am means.

  • I am what I started with

  • and when it is all over,

  • I will be all that is left."

  • So you can employ a systematic approach to training and practicing,

  • but you can't employ a systematic approach to actually living

  • because life is a process not a goal.

  • It is a means and not an end.

  • So "to obtain enlightenment" --

  • and I'm going to say self-actualize,

  • to be self-actualized or to obtain wholeness --

  • "emphasis should fall NOT on the cultivation

  • of the particular department" --

  • all of our whats --

  • "which then merges into the totality of who we are as a total human being,

  • but rather, on the total human being

  • that then enters into and unites those particular departments."

  • You are your how.

  • You --

  • if you have some consciousness

  • and you want to bring some practice,

  • if you want to step into that warrior space

  • around your how --

  • how you express in every aspect of your life --

  • then you get to be the artist of that expression.

  • You get to step into that and claim it

  • and exercise it

  • and bring that beingness through your doingness

  • into your havingness.

  • And there you will find the most profound of your growth,

  • you will find a sense of wholeness

  • and ultimately, you will leave a lasting impact on your environment.

  • My father was his how.

  • He applied the execution of who he was

  • to every aspect of his life.

  • He was way more than that kung fu guy from the '70s.

  • He was someone who worked very hard at actualizing his inner self

  • and expressing it out into the world.

  • And that laid the foundation for what continues to inspire us,

  • engage us,

  • excite us

  • and attract us to him.

  • He was the embodied example of living fully.

  • He said, "I am means."

  • And there are only means.

  • So I'm going to ask you one more time.

  • Thank you for listening, and please consider,

  • for you,

  • across the spectrum of your doing,

  • how are you?

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Translator: Leslie Gauthier Reviewer: Joanna Pietrulewicz

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