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Core For The Course

November 29, 2011

The Ship That Never Got There

Many years ago an adventurer had heard of an island inhabited by beautiful and inviting people. The land was also filled with gold and precious gems. He dreamed of sailing to this island. He knew it was a treacherous journey across often storm tossed seas. So he commissioned the best ship builders to build a ship specifically designed for this voyage. He sought and hired several experienced sailors for his crew. They trained and prepared for the voyage while the ship was being built. Finally the day arrived and with great fanfare they set sail. They had all the maps and other tools to set the course. All started fairly well, although the ship was difficult to keep on course. This became a real problem when the first strong winds came along and threw them completely off course. The crew struggled to adjust the sails in order to get back on course. This problem worsened when a storm came along. Sometimes they found themselves going in circles. One day a severe storm hit them and they found themselves shipwrecked on the beach of an uninhabited island. After they checked to see if they were all okay, they checked the condition of the boat. The boat was marooned on the beach on its side. It was then that they discovered that the boat was built without a rudder.

Our Rudder

In physical conditioning and training the current emphasis is on strengthening the core.  A strong core promotes overall strength, stability and balance.  If an athlete has trained hard in all areas, but has neglected his core then his overall performance is compromised. This is true for all of us when we embark on our journey, voyage, or mountain climb towards the fulfillment of our dreams and goals. If we begin without a strong grounding in our values and principles, our core, we will be thrown off course.  There will assuredly be many tests of our commitment to our core values and principles. Without the stability provided by our core, we will at best delay realizing our dreams, goals, and purpose.

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” – unattributed

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them”. – Alfred Adler

“Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience”. — Chassidic saying

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