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Me Worry?

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying.” -The Dalai Lama “Don’t worry. Be Happy.” -Bobby McFerrin Twenty-two years ago this week, a storm with the awesome name “Super-Typhoon Herb” destroyed the house where Caroline and I lived on a mountain in Taiwan. Or, more accurately, Herb triggered a mudslide that flattened half the house. I was in the other half of the house at the time, as were our ten dogs (yes, ten—but that’s its own weird story). The fact that the pooches survived was thanks to me bringing them into our bedroom from the kennel behind our h

Martial Arts and the Art of Life

The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. --Kakuzo Okakaura There is indeed an art to living. And to combat (although you, my martial artist friends, know that better than anyone). Both rely on in-the-moment mindfulness, creativity and improvisation for success. A combatant focused only on the outcome of an engagement is doomed to lose it, as they will be unable to react in real-time to sudden attacks or targets of opportunity. And while I’m not one of those people who believes that life is something to be won or lost, I do believe that we lose out when we fixate on our expectations of how something is supposed to be. This past Saturday certainly had the ingredi

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