“It’s you against you. He’s just in the way. Get him out of the way,” said Rocky Balboa, bear clawing the air with a thick, knuckle-swollen hand.
that was my favorite scene from Creed, which i never anticipated seeing but that i thought was solid.
Balboa said this as a follow up to an earlier conversation. one day during training, Rocky stood Adonis Creed, his protégé, in front of a mirror, pointed to his student's reflection, and said, "See this guy here? That's the toughest opponent you're ever going to have to face. I believe that is true in the ring and I think that's true in life.”
yes, i’ve discussed this before, but now Rocky told us so it’s time to listen.
that was Monday night.
Tuesday i went to yoga, where they brew Yogi Tea and display the tags printed with uplifting messages (officially called Yogi Inspirations). it read, recognize that the other person is you.
the boss, the enemy, the sibling. the weather, the fatigue, the lack of time. they aren’t the point. the nature of the dilemma is a shape shifter. once the spat with a colleague dies down, another will take its place.
but the secret is they’re simply road blocks, just empty barrels sent rolling toward you by the universe, testing your flexibility. your job is optimizing your outlook. because all the inconveniences, frustrations, and minor agonies point us where we least want to look: back at ourselves.
you could let that fact can drive you nuts. but maybe there's an alternative...
most of us aren't in a boxing ring all day, or ever. so what if used that foreign arena as the scene of our challenges? if we punch out our problems on the canvas mat? (please: do not hit, punch, or draw blood.) imagine. think. envision.
with time, you'll slowly stop seeing whatever's in front of you as Such a Big Deal. it turns into get this person out of my face, so you can handle the real issue--the damage caused by the fight. you may find yourself wanting to study your behavior. because as you see where you slipped up, you'll learn to fight cleaner, more efficiently, and end up with fewer gashes and lost teeth.
what's hardest about seeing past external circumstances? let me know in the comments!
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