And ...it was awesome! I felt the presence of my master instructor across the dojo, as I practiced kicks on the heavy bag. I knew he was watching and so, I did a bit of showing off. A Retired South Korean military (ROK Armed Forces) and a sixth degree black belt, his experiential wisdom was … Continue reading The Day My Ego Got a Smack-Down
We texted them this morning and they haven’t gotten back to us. The non-response leaves a huge gap. So, our mind begins to construct a story to fill it in and that story is the worst possible and/or outlandish scenario our creative mind can manifest. It could be anything from a car accident to a … Continue reading Why Do We Do This to Ourselves?
Midnight, at the crossroads of highways 49 and 61, Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. He handed his guitar to ... let's just call him the Devil, who tuned it, played a few songs and handed the instrument back to Johnson and he became one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. … Continue reading Let’s Make a Deal with the Devil; Sort of.
When we think of people who’ve achieved what we might call “guru status”, we come up with names like Mother Theresa, The Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, or Mahatma Gandhi. But then, there are some who’ve played a much more intimate and personal role in an individual’s life and although they aren’t Jesus-level status, they … Continue reading Looking for Gurus: A Self-Defining Endeavor
I went to college later than most, so by my junior year, I was like 22 or 23. One day, in political science class, the professor makes an analogy, comparing something to Nazi Germany. Right then, this 18-year old girl interrupts him and says, “I’m appalled to hear you say that.” Uh, maybe I wasn’t … Continue reading The Moment I Realized I Wasn’t Very Smart and How it Changed Me