Let me tell you a story.

A youth, full of exuberance and vitality, comes across a bully. The bully forces the youth into situations which cause anger and resentment.

The youth, unable to best the bully, recedes and contracts inward. Afraid of the bully, decisions are made, paths taken.

The youth reads and tries to understand the bully, but is unable. The youth knows the bully is strong and the youth is not. What does he do?

The youth witnesses Boxing. Two strong men communicating with fists seems violent and scary, but intriguing. How can they get so strong?

The youth finds a Boxing coach. He asks, "Could you make me strong?"

The coach replies, "Put on these gloves and let's see what you have now."

The youth obeys.

The coach instructs the youth by telling him facts about boxing.

The youth hears, listens, but fails to understand.

The coach holds the bag while the youth strikes. The youth continues.

The coach instructs the youth with a running, weight lifting, jump rope and of course, bag work.

The youth trusts then obeys.

The coach enters the youth to a tournament. Time to compete.

The youth is not ready! Strength is still so elusive.

The youth wins. Trust in a teacher has born fruit. The youth is more 'strong' than the opponent.

The coach instructs the student to always relax and contact. When an opportunity arises, open yourself, expand then strike with rigidity.

Tournaments continue. The youth wins more than loses, but strength is still elusive.

The adult is no longer a youth and decides to retire from competition.

The adult has dense muscle, good balance, great reflexes and self confidence, but strength continues to be elusive.

The adult loves and understands Boxing then decides to open a gym. The student becomes the teacher.

The teacher works day in, day out with kids, teens and adults. One day, a young man with a black eye enters the gym, approaches the coach and asks, "What is it to be strong?"

The teacher replies, "You will have to answer that yourself. But for now, put on these gloves and let's see what you got."

A teacher can hold my hand, guide me, allow me to follow their path. Only when the student sees the path is teaching possible.

This is why the path is also called, 'The Way'.

To my kindred, keep spiraling.

I hope you enjoyed this. Somewhat off the top of my head.

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Comment by Simon Paynton on February 11, 2017 at 5:09pm

I think strength is a mental attitude. 

Comment by Andrew Brown on February 12, 2017 at 9:57am

Lao Tzu said, "Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power."

We learn strength through competition, but you are much stronger through competition with yourself. Always make yourself better than before.

Keep spiraling out as much as possible.

Comment by Belle Rose on February 12, 2017 at 11:42am
Yes I enjoyed reading that. I do agree. I think "strength" can be modeled but a person has to do for themselves for it to be their own. Another way of looking at it is strength is not how hard you can fight against the waves but how you learn to ride with them.
Comment by Andrew Brown on February 13, 2017 at 1:59pm

Totally agree, Belle. I am Tai Chi player and our goal is to work with all forces to improve ourselves.


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