Day 86 – A wise old Sage once told me…
Throughout this whole process I have often looked to places and people for inspiration. I am dripping with wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement every single day. Sometimes it comes in the form of an email, or a glimpse at someone else’s post on Facebook or the people I surround myself with – but all the encouraging words have really helped me to stay motivated.
Rey is a regular “Mr. Miyagi”. He is always offering up useful tidbits of information and helping me to make sense of what my hands, head, body and feet should be doing all at the same time. The similarities don’t just ring true in terms of the words of wisdom, but I have also witnessed Rey catch a bird that had flown into the old gym with his bare hands. Coincidence? I think not, Danielson.
Sometimes, inspiration comes from the greats. I was looking up funny boxing quotes the other day for another purpose, but ended up finding some real gems. Boxing is 50% attitude and 50% skill (ok maybe my estimates are off but it works for purposes of this blog). Here are some of my favourites:
Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book. – Smokin’ Joe Frazier
Fifteen referees. I want fifteen referees to be at this fight because there ain’t no one man who can keep up with the pace. I’m gonna set except me. There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked. – Muhammad Ali
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my bedroom and was in bed before the room was dark. – Muhammad Ali
or a real personal favourite…
I’m going to eat his children. – ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson
Ok.. that one isn’t inspirational at all but it did make me scoff when I read it.
But out of all the words of inspiration and encouragement I have heard in the last few days, these were the most poignant and ones that will keep me motivated all the way to fight night.
The donation is by far the easy part as compared to the blood sweat and tears that you are putting into this very worthwhile cause. The most wonderful aspect of world travel and the chance to look in other people`s lives for even a few days, is grasping the realization of how wonderfully fortunate we are to be Canadians. We have so many blessings that we take for granted and are out of the reach of so many billions of people in the world.
You should feel very good about yourself, that you are willing to share some of your good fortune with others who have a lot less. Now, go out and whoop that girl’s a$& – hang a real good Irish thrashin’ on her. Good Luck, Kiddo
Thanks for the motivation – you know who you are!
And apologies to my opponent for the “smack talk” from my supporter! 🙂