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As Good as I Once Was

I don’t know whether or not you’re familiar with the country music song by Toby Kieth, but I was at a stop on my ride yesterday when I heard it and it got me thinking.


In the song he sings about a few stories that illustrate the idea that he “ain’t as good as I once was, but I’m as good once, as I ever was.”


I sat there relating to the song for a few moments in the same way that many men do (probably women too).     All the men there were laughing, singing and reminiscing.


But then as I rode along the next leg of my journey, I started my moving meditation and, as often happens, had a revelation too.


In the song, Toby is specifically referring to physical endeavors, and about behavior that I outgrew years ago.


The meditation made me realize that, if we do it right, our mental, spiritual, ethical and leadership grows in at least direct proportion to the amount that our physical attributes diminish.


So, while we may gain some aches and pains and lose some speed, strength oir stamina as we age, we should be way better as leaders and wiser, happier and healthier in every other way.


Having said this, we need to exercise our body regularly, so that we can be the best that we can be in our conditioning and health, despite our age; but we also need to exercise our mind and nurture our spirit daily, to make better decisions than we did in youth, to proactively become better leaders and to train up the young in the way they should go, to help them minimize the pains they’ll endure acquiring wisdom “the hard way”.


Most of all we need to be grateful for these improvements and ensure that we contonmue to get better each and every year. If we don’t, we’ll just keep repeating the same year again and again instead of getting better.

And we need to embrace the roles we get to live as we mature, and ensure we are the best we can be at them.


Today I am grateful for all the growth I’ve experienced in all the important ways over all the decades of my life, and for the martial arts lifestyle that helps us to be as good as we can be as well as the great tribe at KMMA who grow better together every day in every way.



Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!



Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts

Author of Developing Your Superpowers  Meditations On Mastery Vol One

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