As the weather turns colder, I’ve started thinking about hats and scarves and whether I still have a pair of gloves that match. But wait! There’s something missing. Something to keep me warm all winter – a balaclava!
There’s something about balaclavas that makes me laugh. Maybe it’s the way British people say “balaclaaaaavah”. No, it doesn’t rhyme with cadaver. Sort of the same way, Brits say “banaaaana”. Giggling happens immediately.
Unfortunately, people use balaclavas as masks to hide their identity when they’re causing injury or up to no-good. That doesn’t make me laugh.
Interesting what changes when you shift the context, isn’t it? Consider what happens whenever you’ve decided to take on a new challenge, change a habit or adopt a new one.
Courage is required as you introduce your new idea to the people around you.
What you’re really asking for is to be supported by others as you re-invent something about yourself.
The truth is, people won’t see you in the new way – your new context – until there’s enough evidence to support your level of commitment.
Have the courage to experiment with new ideas
More importantly have the courage to allow people to see you “the way they know you to be” until they’ve seen enough new evidence to allow you to be someone different or – if you get tired of waiting – make some new friends and tell the ones who stubbornly refuse to see you in your new way to “get stuffed”.
Balaclava’s were originally made in chainmail and worn under a Warrior’s helmet.
Amazing that something so warm and wonderful came from something cold and uncomfortable.
In both cases, the intention is the same – to provide protection from harsh elements. This last guy has one of those Muay Thai (kick-boxing) headpieces. I’m reminded of someone…
Jorge Rivera, UFC Fighter
Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera, has been known to wear a chainmail balaclava during his walk-out to the octagon. Jorge or Georgie, as he’s known to his friends, is a warm and gentle man. All that changes, of course, when he’s face to face with his opponent.
What I love about martial arts fighters
I love that about fighters. Here’s what I’ve noticed. They know how to be fierce and they know when to be gentle. They know when to fight and when to listen. They make sacrifices, many of us wouldn’t dream of making, to be the best they can be. They have deep respect for themselves and for other people. Most of all, they love fighting. Fighting is their way of playing, relaxing and honoring themselves. They’re committed to their sport. They provide lots of evidence to demonstate their commitment. That’s living life juicy!Guys who know how to be fierce and when to be gentle, when to fight and when to listen. Click To Tweet
What would it be take for you to walk around wearing a balaclava mask or the chainmail version? Most people are too self-conscious to do anything so silly. I guess that’s why Halloween exists – one night out of the year to hide behind a mask and be a kid again.
Don’t wait for Halloween! Be courageous! Take a minute today to think of something funny or silly or playful that you can do. Make it happen! You’ll smile. You might even laugh. You’ll definitely feel better. Maybe you’ll find a new way to play, relax and honor yourself?
Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera vs Rob Kimmons
Good luck, Georgie! Love and support are surrounding you in the octagon at UFC 104 on Saturday, October 24, 2009
UFC 104 results: Jorge Rivera Wins by Technical Knock Out over Rob Kimmons at 1:53 minutes into the 3rd round!