Monday, December 27, 2010

Roll with the Punches or Get Knocked Out

As the year comes to a close, my reflection period begins. Like a movie on fast forward, many glimpses come to mind. One of the most significant thoughts is the concept of the K.O. (Knock Out). Did I get back up or give up when things got tough? We have all experienced tragedies, disappointments, turn-arounds, and mistakes. Although some deal with them more than others, the experience remains the same.

How we handle these hurdles and utterly painful upsets, speaks to our inner core. Do you face life's obstacles head-on? My Thai Kickboxing Teacher often says "Roll with the Punches". After a few drills you realize the goal is different from a "bob and weave" or a "slip" move. When rolling with a punch, you lessen the force behind the hit. You almost redirect the energy. You will more than likely get touched, but not injured.

So you received an injury. Perhaps your pride has been hurt. Do you go quietly into the night? No. A conqueror is not the person who comes out of the battle unscathed. He/she leaves the battlefield with something. It could be as simple as a new perspective or a lesson learned. A seemingly infinitesimal bit of "booty" (in the warrior/pirate sense), makes you the sole survivor.

The battle scars are a reminder that you have gone through hard times, BUT you are still here. Others met the sword and lost their lives and/or mind. Some became turn coats and lost their integrity. What about those who refused to change strategy and became irrelevant? Yet you remain.

In the spirit of the second day of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), I am defining who I am and declaring I will achieve my goals. Labels others place on me will not "speak for me". I am a winner, survivor, mentor, friend, daughter full of greatness. Life may be overwhelming at times, but a loss does not wipe out a dream. I will make a path where there is none. Humbly, I will continue to learn from my ancestors, living legends, and everyday people.

I have a great deal of training to commit to before I can call myself a Mighty Warrior. My weapon of choice is my faith. I just signed up for a "Read the Bible in 90 Days program". Choose your weapon wisely and let us give it all we have in 2011!

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