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“‘Many people have a misconception that martial arts is about fighting and killing,’ the monk was quoted as saying, ‘It is actually about improving your wisdom and intelligence.’” –Peimin Ni, Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University

Change uproots what we are most familiar with, what makes us safe (or so we think).

When drastic change is upon us, sometimes it is all we can do to simply breathe. And sometimes, even that is difficult. When all that is familiar suddenly is not there or was not what we thought it was, our assumptions and thinking rants can be our worst nightmare.

I recently found myself pontificating to a friend about the importance of embracing change – how all of us need a good shaking up every now and then.

Within two weeks of that conversation drastic change was upon me. I was offered (and accepted) a…

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