Monday, February 18, 2008

Creed vs. Drago

Rocky IV - It's Ivan Drago vs. Apollo Creed. Creed is getting the living hell kicked out of him. He's hurting big time - winning the fight isn't even a consideration - he just wants to try and stand up after the first round. He knows before he goes out for the next round that it will be his last. The bell rings and he knows he'll never see the round end. Rocky wants to throw in the towel but Creed waves him off - as if to say "let me die doing what I love the most". Creed dies - leaving behind a legacy, family and a memory.

Ok, we know this is fiction, but consider this for a moment if you are one of those people who "bang away at it" endlessly. What did he try and prove?

What was the point? What was his purpose for going out there knowing his fate - a fate that ended his life? Ask yourself these questions:

Do you really need to push the limits to prove something to yourself?
Do you do things that are hazardous to your health when ultimately your goal is good health?

Do you know when to throw in the towel and bow out gracefully before something disastrous happens to you?

Part of training to improve the body and mind is knowing what it is the body and mind need. - Fred Fornicola