Zen and the art of wrestling

Christy’s insightful post seems a perfect followup to my last post quoting Mother Teresa. Never give up!


Wrestling with childhood heroes is this blog’s most read and shared post. I wrote it as a fan of professional wrestling for two decades. I believe it is sub-textual form of entertainment that ties together storytelling, athleticism, music and the visual arts.

In recent times, I came across a wrestler who reminded me just how zen-like and beautiful the experience can be.

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Do It Anyway – Mother Teresa

I offer the following words from Mother Teresa as a source of inspiration in difficult moments-

for children in Calcutta:

              People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa. It is thought to have been based on The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent Keith.


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The Crossing

I plunged bare feet into the stream
shocking cold
a primal scream

ice water rushes round my thighs
shaking teeth
teary eyes

slippery stones
soaked arm and seat
distant shore
twelve steps to greet

gritting on, a drunken dance
nearly falling
a wobbly stance

so close now, I yell and rant
I want to run but simply can’t
one last lunge

a wet face plant

tio stib, 2015

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