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If we look at the size of the elephant we can find ourselves being overwhelmed and asking,” What’s the point?”. The elephant is just too large. And then I heard the answer to the riddle, “One bite at a time”. When I heard the answer, I gained hope and courage. I realized that I did not have to consume the elephant or desired skill or ability in one or two sittings. I realized that I no longer need to be intimidated by the size of the elephant. I realized that I could consume the elephant, one bite at a time.
With my awareness, I started to look at my experience and journey as a process instead of as a destination, that I need to rush toward to establish my worth and value as an individual. With my awareness, I began to realize that I could enjoy and celebrate the process of consuming my elephants. With my awareness, I began to apply this principle to remapping my brain and body.
As I have shared in previous articles, I have been a student of the martial arts though out my life time, to varying degrees. In my journey as a student of the martial arts, I have studied and trained in different martial art styles. In my experience, I had the opportunity to train under a Sensei (instructor) whose Instructors original instructor was Bruce Lee. One of the principles that Bruce Lee taught his students was to, “Absorb what is useful; Disregard that which is useless”. This principle changed my life.
In my experience, I have learned and continue to learn to absorb what is useful and in the process, to disregard what does not work for me. Through training under my Sensei, I discovered what works for me and what does not work for me as a martial artist. In my martial arts training I have learned that training both sides of my body through boxing, trapping and muay Thai kickboxing works best for me. Muay Thai is the art or eight limbs – using each limb of the body – hands, elbows, knees and Thai kicks.
The principle that Bruce Lee taught his students has given me the freedom to use what I have in ways that work for me. These ways do not have to work in anyone else’s life for them to be effective in my life.
I have been training and drilling in muay Thai in combination with other martial art styles for the past 17 years. As I have trained and continue to train both my right and left hands, elbows, knees and legs I have seen my agility, coordination, balance, speed, precision and reaction time progressively improve. With my improvement – in bite size pieces – I am encouraged to continue my training as a martial artist to treat my traumatic brain injury as I continue to remap my brain and body.
Because I have worked very hard to enhance my skills and abilities as a martial artist – using both sides of my body – I have seen my agility, coordination, balance, speed, precision and reaction time improve beyond my wildest imagination.
I share the above to encourage you to not give up on your process. Find ways to – that you like and enjoy – to develop your balance, agility, coordination, speed, precision and reaction time. And as you do, my suggestion would be that you train and drill both sides of your body – as you are able my friend. And as you eat your elephant — one bite at a time – and continue to stay committed to your process you will treat your brain injury and remap your brain and body to develop skills and abilities beyond your wildest imagination.
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