Feb 2, 2017
I fly solo for the first time and tell you how Bruce Lee's philosophy helped me manifest my Islam more honestly and authentically.
When it comes to self-improvement in our time Bruce Lee is the most famous example and most likely the gold standard, even though he died over 40 years ago.
He is commonly known as a superlative martial artist and an action movie superstar.
Less well known is his expertise as a philosopher and being a prolific writer.
Most important to you and I is his constant striving to not only achieve balance but to excel in every aspect of his life.
This made him an excellent husband, father, friend, teacher, and student as well.
His holistic self-improvement is rooted in a worldview based on Eastern philosophies like Taoism.
Whatever his beliefs what is relevant here, what we can learn from, is his action.
We Muslims know his actions as a manifestation of Ihsan – personal excellence.
Lee died in 1973 just before the release of “Enter the Dragon,” the movie which catapulted him into global stardom.
Today, his legacy is carried on by his daughter, Shannon Lee.
Lee died when she was 4, so she didn’t grow up around him.
When asked, she has few memories of him.
She was more exposed to his personality, his philosophy, and his person through his prolific writings and library.
She is as much a student of Bruce Lee as she is his daughter.
So, I’m always riveted when I hear her speak about him.
Recently, I’ve been going through episodes of the Bruce Lee podcast. http://www.brucelee.com/podcast/
It is hosted by Shannon Lee and her Chief Marketing Officer, Sharon Lee (no relation.)
Each episode is marvelously pithy.
The podcast is what inspired this week’s post and podcast.