david’s blog

Watching martial arts movies versus training in martial arts

Watching martial arts movies is not the same as stepping onto the mat and training in martial arts. It's easy to be the critic on the sidelines: "That was dumb - why did he do that? I would never do that." "I could have won that fight." "They suck." It's a hell of a...

The 3 primary reasons for why I exercise

Why exercise? Is it to look good? Lose weight? A social thing? Here are 3 primary reasons that I came up with for why I exercise: (1) Maximize Health: Do the things that keep me healthy for the long haul and increase resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from...

Newton’s First Law of Motion: Inertia

Sir Isaac Newton proposed his First Law of Motion, the Law of Inertia, in 1687: A body at rest tends to remain at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Bodies will continue in their current state, whether at rest or in motion, unless acted on by a greater...

Saying yes to more rest and play

"It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol." — Brené Brown I've found myself stuck in western culture's mindset of "Go! Go! Go!" I feel guilty if I'm not "doing" something "productive" (whatever that means)....

Make haste slowly

"Make haste slowly," says the Alchemist or festina lente in Latin. How much of the time do we spend trying to finish or get to the end faster, whether it's a project, a race like a marathon or the next stage of our personal growth? There's value in slowing down while...

When things fall apart

In her book, In When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chödrön writes: This very moment is the perfect teacher, and it’s always with us... Awakeness is found in our pleasure and our pain, our confusion and our wisdom, available in each moment...

Coming clean on my 30+ year chemical addiction

Coming clean on my 30+ year chemical addiction

I want to come clean on my 30+ year chemical addiction. Although the chemicals feel really good, they have a downside. I recognize now that I do have a serious problem and it's taken me many years to understand what I was doing to myself and why. My hope is that by...

In order to win – martial arts for life

In order to win – martial arts for life

Katsu Tame Ni – “In Order to Win” by David B. Glover “I’m sorry, but you have cancer.” I didn’t say anything to the doctor. I didn’t know what to say. I sat there numbly and shook my head slowly from side to side, as I played his words over and over and over in my...

Taoist wisdom – we’ll see…

Taoist wisdom – we’ll see…

My good friend and fellow cyclist, Peter Springer, shared this story to his friends in his “Goodbye” email that he sent out to announce his move from Richmond, VA to Charlotte, NC. I used to ride with Peter when I worked for Capital One. We would ride after work in...

Navy SEAL PT at the United States Naval Academy

Navy SEAL PT at the United States Naval Academy

I recently met a retired Navy SEAL who knew a former company mate of mine at the Naval Academy (USNA), Stew Smith who became a Navy SEAL officer. After eight years in the SEAL Teams and as an instructor at the Naval Academy Physical Education Department, Stew resigned...

One fiber focus – a metaphor for getting things done

One fiber focus – a metaphor for getting things done

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn Feeling a little overwhelmed by life? I, too, often feel overwhelmed often by all responsibilities of all the various roles I play in my life – husband, son, brother, friend, entrepreneur, coach,...

StrengthsFinder 2.0: My top 5 strengths (or talents)

StrengthsFinder 2.0: My top 5 strengths (or talents)

I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test a few years ago and recently revisited my results. Written by Tom Rath based on Gallup’s 40-year study of human strengths, StrengthFinders 2.0 subscribes to the maxim: “You cannot be everything you want to be – but you can be a lot...