At eight years old, Alissa Sizemore shows us the courage it takes to be an everyday warrior. When she was four years old, she was struck by a delivery truck, which then parked on top of her right foot. As a result, her leg was amputated – but that didn’t stop her from continuing to study her passion: ballet. This video shows her first performance since the accident.
“This has changed my life, but it hasn’t changed me,” Alissa said.
Japan’s most famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, wrote that you should Make your fighting stance, your everyday stance. People often misconstrue this to mean that one should walk around everyday with an aggressive attitude. That’s not exactly correct…
In order to understand Musashi’s advice, let’s flip his saying around:
Make your fighting stance, your everyday stance.
Make your everyday stance, your fighting stance.
As Avi Nardia explained in recent articles and videos, it is worth differentiating between a “fighter” versus a “warrior.”
For a true warrior, there is no such thing as part-time, flipping a switch, or suddenly “opening a can (of whoopass).” The warrior faces everyday life as a battle – a battle to walk a path of virtue. Rather than hiding from your weaknesses and challenges, live each day standing face to face with your greatest enemy – your inner weakness. When you live your everyday life this way, you will understand what what Musashi meant by maintaining an everyday fighting posture.
Sometimes, the reasons why we don’t, are the very reasons why we should.