Thoughts

Dealing with Physical Adversity

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Over the course of my 49 years of life and about 40 of those as an athlete I have dislocated my right shoulder 16 times, my left shoulder 8 times, broken my leg, dislocated my right knee among many other injuries. I’ve also had tons of close calls – like violently crashing on a bike at 40 mph in the middle of a sprint or being sat on by a killer whale underwater or blacking out underwater during a hypoxic swim. I’ve always come back, so much so that part of my identity is that at a deep down cellular level I feel that I am blessed.

Last night I got injured in my newest pursuit, a martial art called Aikido. I’m a 2 year practioner and I was working with a much more advanced student – he zigged, I zagged and viola I’m injured. And yes it hurt like hell and it sucks and all the other things you can think of,

We are all Creators

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Check it out…but first the back ground:

Jon Weiner, my Sensei in Aikido (Weiner Sensei) just completed an epic project: a new building! Half of the building is his media studio but the other half is a huge Aikido dojo.  Last Friday he got the certificate of occupancy, on Sunday the students did serious work to relocate all of the mats, flooring and other equipment from the storage area to the new dojo, on Monday they continued working and on Monday evening we had our first class in the new dojo.  This was extraordinarily exciting for those of us who hadn’t practiced for almost 3 months!  In the photograph above (from the new facility is Weiner Sensei in the front row 4th from the left.)

 

Now here’s the story:
5th from the left in the photo is Dennis Main.  Main Sensei is a 6th Degree Black Belt and has been practicing Aikido for well

How Are You Handling Adversity In Your Life by Brandon LaRue

Brandon is a very close friend and super wise dude.

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You can’t hide from adversity. You can’t hide your children from life’s ups and downs. The ones who achieve do so by experiencing and conquering obstacles, even from their childhood days. These are the ones who were never denied their right to face some struggle, some adversity. Others were, in reality, cheated. Those who attempted to shelter their children from every conceivable germ in our society…never really inoculated them from fear, worry, and the feeling of dependency. Not at all.

Let The Fur Fly by Brandon LaRue

Brandon is a very close friend and super wise dude.

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LET THE FUR FLY

My father, Robert “Bob,” used to tell me before big wrestling matches, “let the fur fly Brandon.” Those 4 words seemed so insignificant at the time, yet it has become one of my life’s most valuable lessons. You see, in the sport of wrestling it’s not only a physical grind, but it’s really more of a psychological grind. Wrestlers, including me, would get caught up in the hype and defeat himself before he even step foot on the mat. “He looks stronger than me…..he is ranked higher than me….he beat a guy that I lost to….ect….” That simple statement before I stepped out onto the mat left me feeling confident that if I wrestled my match, and most importantly, that I didn’t leave anything left on the mat, the outcome wouldn’t matter. He was right. Most often times that mindset led to victory, but

What’s Your Song?