Archive | July, 2013

Continue Mission

23 Jul

Received some heavy news today.

As the shock, confusion, fear, anger and despair started to creep in, it was my poem “Charlie Mike” that came to mind and eased my racing brain.

I believe that most people who walk the path of the Warrior do so because they were shattered in way. 7 years ago, my wife and I suffered a miscarriage, followed by 7 years of the purgatory known as infertility.

After 7 years of constantly trying, we were finally successful in getting pregnant again. I’ve kept the news pretty quiet just because of everything I’ve been through, with the miscarriage, my injuries, chronic pain, etc. I’ve learned that balance works best for me; controlling my emotions both in times of greatest joy and lowest lows.

During our second ultrasound today, we found out our baby might be missing one of its legs. In addition, my wife’s life may be at risk if it was an infection that caused the missing limb.

It’s natural to let one’s mind race, but my wife and I are finding peace in focusing on *this moment*, letting go of how we wanted things to go and instead recognizing, accepting, and even embracing new developments.

No matter how hard life kicks at you, always remember that you have two choices; end the mission, or Charlie Mike: Continue Mission.

Charlie Mike

There will be times in life when you
Feel that you’re overwhelmed
You’ve suffered too much loss and feel
The wheel cannot be helmed

It starts to rain and won’t ease up
It just proceeds to pour
It’s in those times you should recall
The words of our brave Corps

“Charlie Mike” is what troops say
When plans all go to shit
They do not abort their mission
Instead, they deal with it

“Charlie Mike” from the NATO
Phonetic Alphabet
The letters “C” and “M” declare
It isn’t over yet

And it has carried me through
Times of loss and sorrow when
I knew not what to do

When I could not devise a plan
In face of all the strife
“Charlie Mike’s” the one plan that
Helped me go on with life

When your mind is elsewhere and
You’re too focused on grief
“Charlie Mike” will move your legs
And help turn a new leaf

Regardless of your losses
Even if they’re catastrophic
Keep it simple instead of
Being so philosophic

Take note from our warriors
Adorned in camouflage
“Charlie Mike” no matter how
Persistent the barrage


Be a Warrior. Always.

23 Jul

the tiger’s whisker

21 Jul


The tiger’s whisker

Once upon a time, a young wife named Yun Ok was at her wit’s end. Her husband had always been a tender and loving soulmate before he had left for the wars but, ever since he returned home, he was cross, angry, and unpredictable. She was almost afraid to live with her own husband. Only in glancing moments did she catch a shadow of the husband she used to know and love.

When one ailment or another bothered people in her village, they would often rush for a cure to a hermit who lived deep in the mountains. Not Yun Ok. She always prided herself that she could heal her own troubles. But this time was different. She was desperate.

As Yun Ok approached the hermit’s hut, she saw the door was open. The old man said without turning around: “I hear you. What’s your problem?”


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Empathy and Proper Training

21 Jul

“Empathy is putting yourself in another’s shoes to find out what exactly that person is feeling or going through at the given time. It basically refers to being at a common wavelength with someone.”

~ Deepa Kodikal

But remember…

“It can be very dangerous to see things from somebody else’s point of view without the proper training.”

~ Douglas Adams

No Thing Makes You Cool

19 Jul

No Thing Makes You Cool

The old man cruises by in his
Exotic vintage car
He gets some stares and thinks he’s cool
He feels like a big star

The young man pops his collar and
He flaunts his pricey clothes
He gets some stares and thinks he’s cool
As he stops to strike pose

The young woman does a full spin
To show off her new dress
She gets some stares and thinks she’s cool
As young men do profess

Their admiration, and they all
Get sucked into a lie
That something that they have purchased
With money does imply

That they are cool, that they are suave
That they have chic and class
Not a single one of these
Is something we amass

With money, they are all just things
Which over course of time
Grow boring, dull, monotonous
And lose luster and shine

So many fall into habit
Of buying more and more
Always spending more money
So others will adore

The Warrior does not rely
On wallet to impart
What they’re all about, instead
They show it through their heart

Through actions and intensity
Through sacrifice and grace
They know that no thing makes you “cool”
And don’t bother to chase

The latest fad, the newest trend
Or fanciest new toy
They’ve come to realize that “cool”
Is not the same as “joy”


You Know It. Trust It.

18 Jul

Eric Tonningsen's Awakening to Awareness

“Ego is simply an idea of who you are that you carry around with you.” ~Wayne Dyer

Sometimes people ask me how they can get rid of their ego. I think what they are really asking is how can they get rid of that part of themselves that sabotages them and makes them unhappy. My answer is that you don’t have to get rid of your ego, just stop believing what it is telling you.

The ego-mind is the part of us that interprets our experiences using our belief system as a filter. These learned beliefs are used to look at a situation and give it meaning. The meanings will be as distorted as our beliefs are about ourselves. How can our beliefs be distorted? Easily. Our beliefs are learned from what people have told us and how they rewarded, punished and made us feel. We believe about ourselves what the…

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Tomorrow is late…

18 Jul

“Tomorrow” is much too late for
A Warrior to start
“Tomorrow” is the due date for
Those who are lacking heart

“Now” is all that matters to
Those who are in the know
“Now” is when you start to strengthen
Learn, adapt and grow

“Now” is magic hour, not
“Tomorrow” down the road
“Now” is when a Warrior’s
True potential is showed