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A towel, is about the most massively useful thing an intersteller hitch hiker can have.
Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrefoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for hand-to-hand combat; wrap it around your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value.
For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc etc. Futhermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidenttally have 'lost'.
What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitch hiking slang, as in
'Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is.'
(Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with;
hoopy: really together guy;
frood: really amazingly together guy.)
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” ― Henry Ford
What we choose to believe about ourself has a direct impact on our results and our life. Our desires for our life may start with a dream, but it is our unshakeable belief in ourself that will determine how far we go.
Life is a journey, a learning process, and when we trust in the process and ourselves, we can accept that we are exactly where we need to be right now. In this moment we are here to take notice, maybe there is a lesson to learn, a person to meet or an experience to be had, whatever it may be it is happening in order for us to break through to the next level. In the challenging moments, this is not the time for self doubt, remember the setback or issue is coming up for us because we need to strengthen ourselves, and it is our unstoppable belief in ourself that will push us through.
Here are 10 ways to keep believing in yourself:
- Life is not meant to be perfect and no one in it is perfect, we are all here to learn and improve.
- Trust yourself by cultivating your inner belief that you are strong, and that you can and you will do it.
- Work hard with consistent action and practice every day.
- Be the champion of your own life, keep reminding yourself why you started and how you can and will reach your outcomes.
- Look for the lesson in any setback and keep moving forward.
- Feed your mind with positive thoughts and affirmations every day.
- Nourish your body and spirit with water, food, rest, exercise and meditation.
- Love and accept yourself. “I love and accept myself and I am working hard to do my best effort.”
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support.
- Give yourself a hug every day.
By Kohai Dianne Hadad
3rd Degree Black Belt, Renge Dojo
Certified Professional Coach, Warrior Spirit Circle
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