When I was in college, I loved the song entitled, “Shadowboxing”, by Hip Hop legends, The Wu-Tang Clan. As addressed in the song, I always thought shadowboxing, was just a cool way of honing martial art skills – but shadowboxing is actually much more than that.
Every day we are at war: not with our surroundings; not with our jobs; not with our enemies; not with our family; not with our friends; but, at constant war with ourselves. It is a war with no guns and tanks, just with words and our subconscious voices. The ‘War of Art ‘calls it Resistance. ‘The Course in Miracles’ calls it Ego. Regardless of what you call your inner voice and self talk, they are not going anywhere. And, some days it beats us up. While other days… it takes us to new heights. Some days it is our happy fairy whispering sweet melody in our ears. While other days, it is devil on your shoulder, telling you to give up.
Whatever it is… it follows us through life, just like our shadow.
It is what causes you to question your decisions. Is this the right mate for me? Is this the right job? How do I look today? I have a deadline… I don’t think I can make it. My leg is hurting; I am not going to be able to make it to the gym. That is when… ding, ding, ding… the fight begins… Welcome to Shadowboxing!
So the question is: How do you train for combat with that shadow?
Well, life is the training. It’s like, experience works out your legs and shoulders; perseverance works your back and triceps; and, confidence handles your chest and biceps. And after that full body workout… how do you get the first round knockout?… FAITH!
It is only faith that will get you through. Your undying faith that you will be great in any circumstance you are placed in. Money. Health. Relationships. Knowing that greatness is right around the corner. Realizing that greatness is approaching. Acknowledging that greatness is that light at the end of the tunnel.
But be careful… because right before that light at the end of the tunnel touches your face, or blinds your eyes… there is going to be that shadow behind you positioning itself to give you the knockout blow! But, with your life training and your faith… you should be ready to put that shadow in it’s proper place…behind you!
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