Everything is a Windfall

Everything is a Windfall

The Christmas season comes again and most of us are preparing gifts for loved ones. Some of us are even expecting our most-awaited gift on Christmas day. There are others who eagerly wait for the latest windfall or bonus from their employers. The holiday spirit springs to life again.

Not all of us are so lucky. The Sonoran Desert in North America is considered to be the hottest desert in Mexico. This desert only receives 3 to 15 inches (75 to 380 mm) of rain per year. You may think that it is a barren wasteland, but this desert is home for a hardy people: the Tohono O’odham. read more

Complain Last

Complain Last

I notice a disturbing pattern in society today: people seem to complain more and more about everything. This is readily apparent in social media, but I also notice it in real-life interactions as well. Instead of complaining immediately after a perceived slight (complaining first), is it possible for us to complain last?

Being a victim is easy. And us humans love easy things. It is easy to blame other people, to blame our environment and our past. It doesn’t seem to be natural for us to take ownership of what is happening with our lives. read more

Grit is bad?

Grit is bad?

This is in response to an article from Aeon titled “Teaching ‘grit’ is bad for children, and bad for democracy“. After reading it, I asked myself, “Is grit really bad?”.

The article discussed the ideas behind the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. Citing several examples in the book, it discussed the darker side of grit. It says that grit results to people doing mean, stupid things or doing things that they should not have done. One particular example is from a football team’s chant: read more

Shadow Boxing

Shadow Boxing

You may have heard people talk about bad things that happened to someone else. “Poor guy, he lost his job“, “She was diagnosed with breast cancer“, or “They lost their child” are some of the examples. When this happens we may feel shocked and sad for the other person. We may even think “Thank God that did not happen to me!“.

But what if it happened to you?

Shadow boxing is an important technique used in combat sports, especially boxing. It does not involve any equipment, only yourself. Typically you do this with an imaginary opponent, or you can just do it in front of a mirror (so your enemy is you). This can even be used to “simulate” an upcoming fight against an opponent as you imagine him standing in front of you. read more

Why Boxing?

Why Boxing?

I admit, I am not a very active person. I would rather read a book or play a game than take a walk outside. But I have a “hobby” that I was doing for years now: boxing. Even though I don’t have other physical activities, boxing helps me to keep a reasonably healthy body.

So what do I like about boxing?

You are on the same ground as the greatest

What I mean is: you have the same basic equipment as the all-time greats. All boxers started with the same equipment and the same routine that you are doing in the gym.

Wherever you go, every boxing gym has these three tools: the speed ball, the double end, and the punching bag. read more