Friday, November 07, 2008

Mosquitoes

According to folklore, the mosquito is the reincarnation of jealous or greedy people in the form of Jiki-ketsu-gaki or "blood-drinking hungry ghosts." At only 16mm and 2.5mg, the mosquito can fly for 1 to 4 hours continuously and travel up to 10km in a single night. Despite their size, mosquitoes are the most deadly disease vector known and kill millions of people per year by the spread of infectious disease.

The average U.S. male is 5ft 9.2in, female 5ft 4in, and weigh 189.8/162.9 respectively. Despite the difference in size, a single mosquito has a much larger impact on the world than the average U.S. citizen. If you don’t think this is true, go backpacking near a stagnant watering hole without mosquito repellent and tell me how you feel the next day.

So, what does this have to do with anything? Everything.

Size does not matter when we allow ourselves to excel at what we were chosen to do. For the mosquito it is easy, their life path is chosen for them from birth, and without thought they immediately know what it is they need to do to survive. For us it is a little more complex. We are born with choice, we are born without a single life purpose, and our duty is to find out what we can do well and then allow ourselves to exploit the opportunity and become excellent. We do not have the luxury of having millions of others just like us striving for the same goal, so we lack strength in numbers, but remember that it only takes one mosquito to ruin your day.

Personal size is not relative to the impact that can be made. If we understand our purpose, believe in that purpose, and dedicate our lives to that purpose, then like the mosquito, we have the ability to make our impact on our surroundings.

Our genetic flaw that separates us from achieving the success of mosquitoes is that we have thought and no immediate direction. This creates fear and because we have fear we sometimes create excuses as to why we can’t find our place in life and excel. We convince ourselves that we are only one person and the scope of what we would like to excel in is far too large for just us to accomplish. Instead of acting instinctively, like the mosquito, we outthink our ability to succeed by succumbing to the idea that we are too small to make an impact.

Our route to success has less to do with individual or group size and more to do with understanding our individual purpose in life. When we understand our reason for being allowed to walk this great planet, then we allow ourselves to fulfill our purpose and contribute to the planets greatness. Our ability to understand that our impact is essential in the survival of our species is no greater than the mosquito understanding their impact to their species. In order to continue the pursuit of purpose, we, like mosquitoes, must understand that no effort is too small, and that every individual can make their impression felt in this world.

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