The Most Important Self Defense Ever

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be threatened at gun point or physically assaulted? Being shoved in a car against your will or scurried away into the wilderness?  How would you defend yourself?  Would you grapple on the ground, kick and punch, or yell and scream at the top of your lungs?  The truth is, you don’t  know what you would do. What if I told you that there is a key self-defense element that can help  protect you no matter what the time of day, where you are, or what you are doing?  It doesn’t...

You, Only Better

There’s only one you.  You are made up of bits and pieces of parents and family.  You base decisions on friendships, events, and past experiences.  You like things a certain way. You are already the person you are meant to be…or are you? By changing your attitude, magnifying your talents, exploring your uniqueness, and exchanging a few habits, you can celebrate being you, only better. So Can I When I was young, I never gave 100% effort.   I thought that being average was okay.  I played the guitar but never learned to read music.I didn’t strive to make excellent...

Find Your Life Path

I walked along a path at the park one day with my family.  We had to walk quite a while, past a sandy playground, down along a wooded area, then through the picnic grounds just to get to the river.  There were a lot of steps to take, but it was worth it.   We took a canoe out that beautiful afternoon.  The warm air settled over us comfortably as we floated along.  I had a camera with me and took pictures as my husband and son paddled.  When I took a picture of the flowers along the river’s edge, I also captured...

Just Listen

Listen and Hear Sometimes the most profound things happen when we listen.  The first cry of a newborn or the last  breath of air exhaled at the end of a person’s life.   One breath.  That is all that holds us on the cusp between life and death. My father suffered from Multiple Sclerosis since he was in his forties.  It took its toll over the years, but he lived a long life until he passed a couple of years ago.  At the hospital, at the end, I was there.  Just listening. Nurses came and went and there were a...

A Majestic Bridge Taught Me Life and Martial Art Appreciation

  The Skyway Bridge is a majestic connection between two counties near where I live.  It is constructed of steel and concrete and spans 4.1 miles over the Gulf of Mexico.  It is a popular spot for automobile commercials and even movies because of its location and design. This beautiful structure is rated by the Travel Channel as one of the top ten bridges in the world. How fantastic is it that I get to travel this bridge at least twice daily five days per week to get to work?   Well, like most things, I didn’t appreciate it very much...

The Modern Day Warrior

Some say there are no modern day warriors They say that no one believes in truth or compassion or cares about the other person Some say we are all in it for ourselves We want what we want without any consideration for anyone else I know differently because I know you A warrior through and through I ask for your help I get your sacrifice in return I seek your guidance I get the very best you have to offer You don’t know me that well but you can see who I am and you courageously step in my path to keep me...