Over the weekend, I had the privilege to attend the 15th and final New England Warrior Camp, a previously-annual event held by Ken Savage of the Winchendon Martial Arts Center and one of the finest martial arts training opportunities ever to be held. I’ve managed to attend 14 out of the 15 years and it’s always been of tremendous benefit to my personal growth.
There were many lessons over the weekend, but one especially powerful and useful one I think is worth sharing immediately. Know and revisit your personal places of power as often as you can. For example, there’s a place up in the woods of Sudbury where I took my black belt test. It’s a powerful place to me, where so much energy burned away the parts of me I wanted to leave behind. Whenever you have doubts about yourself, about what you’re capable of, go back to your places of power, places of great accomplishment, and discard your self-doubt.
Ken has this wonderful comparison of life as a wheel. Imagine taking a calendar and seeing it as a wheel; every full turn of the wheel is a year’s time. We forget often that even though the wheel turns and we see another month’s name appear, we’re a year further down the path than we were the last time we saw that month name appear.
Now, 15 years later, we’re at the end of this particular path, and I found someone there waiting for me that I didn’t expect to meet: me, today. If you had asked me 15 years ago what my future would look like, I would have been completely wrong on virtually every count. If you had asked me whether I thought I would have earned my black belt, spoken in front of thousands of people and taught digital marketing to tens of thousands of people online, had a wonderful home with great family and friends, I would likely have thought you were more than a little crazy.
I thank my teachers like Ken Savage and Mark Davis of the Boston Martial Arts Center for helping me explore, challenge, and develop not only my warrior spirit, but me as a human being. This path has come to an end, the path of New England Warrior Camp. Now it’s up to us to find the path for ourselves going forward and share it with those who want to travel it.
Here’s the good news, if you think that the martial path might be for you: there are plenty of places to find it, especially in the New England area.
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