The only choice

The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability

-Maria Popova

We are approaching a fight weekend.  I love the approach.  Everything gets a little more intense, focus narrows down,  preparation is really done and the only thing left is the management of nerves and opening up to vulnerability and exposure.

I have two boxers entering their first amateur contest and I can’t wait to see how their training has worked or not and I can’t wait to see how adrenaline affects their performance.

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water…..After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.

-Buddhist saying


After I see how these guys perform, I will evaluate my work in their preparation, their preparation, and their mental state before, during and after.  Then we will go right back to fundamentals.  It’s the work on the little menial things that we suck at that matter.  Training rarely feels great.  There of course are little accomplishments and goals met, but mostly the time is spent practicing the things we don’t do well.

If we are brave enough often enough- we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability

-Brene Brown

By making mistakes, by trying things that you don’t do well, you find yourself.  You experience the freedom you get from putting yourself out there, realizing you can stand up and all is ok.

Guaranteed I’ll be proud of everyone for being brave enough to get in the ring in front of a crowd.  The rest of the details we will use for future events!



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