To Be Or Not To Be Ourselves

Many of our relationships, whether we like it or not, place restrictions on us that prevent us from being ourselves. Whether for occupational, familial, or political reasons, we cannot fully open up to everyone, in every way, in every circumstance. If we do, not only will we jeopardize the relationships themselves, but also our reputations … Continue reading To Be Or Not To Be Ourselves

Our Inner Voice Is Ours Alone

We should not be jealous of others for behaviors our consciences will not abide. A conscience is a funny thing. It is both very personal and very specific. Attitudes and behaviors that do not appear to bother one person’s conscience may make another’s flail and scream in protest. Some people, it seems, have much stronger … Continue reading Our Inner Voice Is Ours Alone

The Consequences Of Overextension (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, we learn over time that overextending ourselves has very real, even painful, consequences. One of the greatest benefits of jiu-jitsu training is the near-immediate feedback we receive from rolling (grappling for submissions). When we make mistakes, if we are rolling with someone of equal or greater skill, there are consequences in the … Continue reading The Consequences Of Overextension (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)