A Problem’s Opportunity

When faced with a problem, or multiple problems at once, It is important to always look for the upside. This may seem cliché, but that does not make it any less true. It is easier to find solutions when we are focused on what is possible, not what is impossible. The solution to our problem…

Effort And Optimism

We do not have to try very hard to find something to be upset about, to criticize, or to complain about. Negativity is easy. It is also lazy and selfish. More difficult, but also infinitely more worthwhile, is finding things to be happy about, to be grateful for, and to celebrate. Positivity, specifically optimism, requires…

Hope Is Strength (Anger Is Laziness)

Reasons to be fearful and angry will find us whether we look for them or not, but we must actively seek out reasons to have hope and be joyful. Out of necessity, for survival’s sake, we are genetically hardwired to be hypersensitive to perceived existential threats. Our fight or flight response runs deep and is…

Martial Arts And The Freedom To Choose

As long as we have choice, we have hope. One of the most powerful lessons martial arts teach us is that very difficult, seemingly insurmountable problems can be solved by applying the right combination of posture, balance, angles, and leverage. What at first feels like a hopeless challenge becomes less and less so the more…

A Garden Of Words And Deeds

“Never let the weeds get higher than the garden. Always keep a sapphire in your mind. Always keep a diamond in your mind.”—Tom Waits All of the little things we do and say each day add up, but so do all of the little things we do not do and do not say. The goal…