Rink / Ring


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boxing_vs_ice_hockey1(Warning – Long)          (*did I mention it was a tad long?)

Just saying! 😉


There is a saying that goes like this – “I went to a Hockey game, and a boxing match broke out”. What is interesting here is the parallels to all of the debates, and venues housing such events.

What is frustrating is that in the old saying, no one really describes the Hockey player(s), or the score. Just that the dynamics changed immediately.

Does it matter what Team or League? No, the point is this – you can not hold any water to your argument AT ALL when you point a finger, cross your words, swing your legs, strike another human being in the name of your ________ (insert team here).

Who gave you that right? No ONE! If you are offended by what someone has said in a public venue and it hurt your feelings, too bad. Especially for you when that someone is not seeing or agreeing with your point of view.

We all have a point of view, it’s a personal introspection that we like to share whether or not people want or have asked you to share it. Yet here we are sharing our inner most feelings with the world and expect every single person out there to agree that what you envision is the only thing that matters.

BS!!! We all make mistakes, some small while some very large ones we’d like to forget. Possibly some have noticed them but chose to not comment on them for they are not affected by your decision or thought process to have made such a mistake. Others have reached out to support you through some errors and bring you up, give you Hope for the future.

Your Team ____________(insert name here) has no leg up on the populous to demand anything. Much less is the populous required to heed your demands, and that is the boiling point to all of the “hockey game to boxing match” going on.

We don’t have to like what others like, or view things like they do. For our sight is not on the Earth, but to Heaven.

My sight / view as many have noticed is a certain way yet it is still my very own. It is neither swayed, nor coerced in any direction. You either like it or you don’t. Do I expect or demand that you agree with me? Hahahahaha! You’re in la-la-land if you think that I do. I treasure your ideas, opinions especially because they are based your belief system. You have one to share if you choose to do so. I may not like what you like, and that’s okay by me.

Whether or not this hits a nerve or not, it’s out there for you to view, read, comment, or ignore. I have done the same, and sometimes I ‘Like’ comments not on their political leanings, but because it hits a nerve and some truth at the matter of which it is stated. Humor highlights what others deemed untouchable or un-imaginable to say in public yet you’re having a Belly Laugh!

We don’t have to see eye to eye, much less agree on 50% of anything. However there must be a discourse where there is respect of one another’s opinion without getting ‘butt’ hurt in the process which was not the intent of words unless of course you have a low sense of confidence to begin with that you are entitled to have only your view validated.

Listen up kids it is time to put on the Big Boy Shorts and Boots for stomping new ground. That new ground is fertile with entitlements, and no one is entitled to your feelings, inner most fears, and demons. Much less your Happiness. It is up to you to put into place a barrier for such BS to just flow right off of you so that you can continue being Happy.

Lord knows that when people see you Happy, and full of Joy there are many who

1) think you’re on drugs

2) think you’re coming down from a high of drugs

3) just plain old crazy!

4) Really want to be with you and look for you to share your true Joy.

Which one would you fall into if the heading were placed on top of your head as you walked out of your House?

A) Joyful soul – (Truly sharing, and experiencing His Love)

B) Just downed my anti-depressant (give me 5min to acclimate)

C) coming down from my High (I’m smiling so I don’t have to kill you)

Guys, take life as it is and make it a Wonderful place full of Hope, and Joy. They belong together which no one has the right to destroy unless you let them. It is in your benefit to Live it Fully!

Mi A Gi


Is it November yet?

today1Sitting here what day it was it dawned on me that it is still February.  That wonderful month where if you were born on the 29th you’re looked upon as an anomaly.  Of course you would be the odd coin in the bin, yet you would be considered to be special.

Speaking of special, I come to you humbly to say Thank you.

You have made a change in my life that no one can ever come close to describing in a few sentences, but in a chapter (maybe).  Much less a word or a sentence.  As I sit here I  just wanted to express to you as individuals that the profound Joy I have is majorly due to the impact upon my being as a human being that was given the Honor to have you trust me to help you to see what Healthy really is like.

Healthy is not something one reads about in detail like what you have experienced with me.  It is set within your psyche, and challenged your belief of what you deemed was so far out of reach you really wanted nothing that bad anyway.  I challenged you to believe in yourself from day one with that sinister smile, and laugh to get you on the edge right from the start.

Why bother doing something that everyone does and call it fitness or live their style of ‘Health’ when you can really challenge yourself and make a change so great that others see it change your persona and that of your inner circle also.  The challenges that you had trusted me to give you were to eek out that little powder keg of power, and empowerment that wanted to come out!

Yes, it did come out and it became a part of who you really are.  It was in there all along just waiting on the bench ready to be called for action.  Action it did see in the form of raw emotion so that you can find a way to conquer the fear.  Then to quell the inner demon inside of you that kept saying ‘I can’t’!  It got shut up pretty darned fast once you got a taste of who you really are.  A big mouth full of STFU was given to the doubt, and self defeat that resided as a dominant trait when you were challenged to go beyond what you perceived to be undo-able.

I was floored on Friday just two days ago, and reconnected with those that had lives outside the gym.  Some brought their often spoken of spouses, and man that made me feel even more special.  To being included in conversation outside of the gym on the impact that experience that has made in your lives is tantamount to a “Holy WOW”!

All of the words of encouragement and support from everyone of you has meant the world to me.  Coming together to share laughs, memories, stories, and how visions of the future you have already begun to see as all of us together is nothing to be taken lightly.  It gives me purpose, drive, motivation to see my Goal come to fruition.

You have made a life changing move when you trusted me with your health.  I want to say that it was not possible without your trust, and enduring vision of a better you in the process for it not only changed your physical outer self it changed your inner self.

These past years I have met so many people, trained, laughed, cried with most if not all of you.  Shared the gift of life, and sadly the loss.  I will always be available to you anytime you need to connect, talk, share a coffee or hear goofy jokes.

Looking at what to write this morning, I thought to myself if it really isn’t Thanksgiving?

Is it November yet is what came to mind, and for that I thank you.

You Guys ROCK!  So, Let’s Roll!  (sorry, had to do that)  Heeeheee!

Mi A Gi

A Thought for you

The past seven years have made many people come to appreciate a way of thinking, working, moving, interacting with their lives in ways they honestly did not believe they could.  How often is it that you sit and pen an open letter to those you have touched?

Well, here is my letter to you.

Well, to you my unbelievers turned believers of that ever present doubt that you can’t do this or that for what ever reason I say ‘I believe in you’.

There were times I have people walk in, stare at the place and wonder what type of torture they were going to experience if they stayed.  Sometimes the person would do a 180 and leave without inquiring what I did with the sparse equipment they saw.  Once in a while people would walk in, ask what it was, how it was possible to do what we proposed to teach?

I would always reply that it was up to them if they believed that it could be done.  With a resounding 75% (I pulled it out of the air), they would look at me as if I was crazy (this is 90%-truth).  They said they would never be able to get it, much less do it.

So, I sit here and look back at you.  Yes, the above aforementioned individual that has doubted about what they are capable of.  With a lot of support, and humor you were able to see something so abstract become clearer, and doable.  Then you took off like a toddler learning how to walk, just from a little while ago learning how to stand.

That’s the way it works, and it began with you having trust in me.  Where ever you may find yourself, and how things are turning out just recall the moment(s) we stared down that little bit of doubt in you to see it through.  So you would end up with that big A Ha!

Yes, you will always find that you have a dim light bulb moment, or a Bright light bulb moment.  It all depends on the amount of Belief in yourself you may or may not have that day or moment for that task at hand.  It does not end in the gym, does it?

You have manage to take what you were challenged with, learned, and molded in you to become a better individual.  Your life, career, health, and family have all become richer.

To that, I say Thank you.

It has been a privilege these years to interact, teach, coach, mentor, and be a part of such a quality of rich individuals that have come and gone to the gym.  You are like family to me, and hold you near to my Heart.

The trust that was placed in me by you is never something I took for granted, and the results speak for themselves.  Believe-in-Yourself

To the Future!


Mi A Gi


Stepping Forward


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The What:

Some may be aware of the current events of the past week.  Suffice to say, that stage is over.  I am focusing on always keeping my eye firmly focused on my Goal(s).  Small, and Large for me to accomplish.  How this will come about, well it’s going to be bumps, and most recently a Big one.

However the outcome was to be played out, it was played out the way it was meant to be.  I am going to channel that energy into rebuilding myself to serve you much better in the future.

The How, Where, and When:

The uncertainty of things are the way they are, yet I find myself walking back and forth filling out paperwork for so many things all at once that I may just implode with total information over-load.  Can I accomplish what I see in my minds eye?

I’ll have to do some thorough introspection prior to me uniting my knowledge, vision, and energy with anyone or anything that does not see a or have a Vision of the future.  That future will have to be one built on Faith, Honesty, Honor, Loyalty.

Where this will lead to will be a work in progress, for the powers that be have made an eye opening decision to make a midterm goal, now a short term goal.  So, I have to look deep into how a project or projects have to be solidified quicker to make that goal a reality.

When, well that is the elbow grease type of question and answer.  Let me just state for the record that I am going to need lots of Java (espresso) to see this through.  5 Hour energy may be seen here (Donnie).  My outlook is not Rosie, it is stark with shades of Black and Grey.  Rosie is not a color that I would choose to put on a future full of Joy, and the fruits that will follow.  Rosie is more often used to color coat pain, and I chose not to be in a Victim state.

So, that leaves me with the Where.  I am not going to pretend that I am close to having a ‘Where’ as of yet much less a place.  Faulty planning, will end up with Crappy results and most of you have had a go at less than stellar planning, and even worse execution.  My goals are simple, attainable, but I must dedicate much time going through the paces to see My Goal met.

Will this be a cool thing?  It is going to be what I am called to Lead, and Grow.  I will be using my talents, and experience to develop it from the ground up.  I will be in the same corner with Men, and Women of Value, Honor, and God fearing as I am. I must hold to a Higher calling, and standards.

I will continue to search out more education, and teaching opportunities to make this as much of a success as it will be a learning experience for me.  The benefits will be applied to my clients/members/friends for it is with a stout, and focused drive that I will be moving forward.  Not looking backwards, for it will only hinder my progress.

Planning and execution is to be at the forefront.  Nothing half baked, nor half planned.

Thank you from the bottom of my wee bit heart.  Your messages, and notes have made me ever more driven.  The calls and texts have been fantastic, and Gunny Thanks for the Chat.  My taxi driver for the brunch, that turned into a little more.

“Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.” – Og Mandino