What’s in Your Gear Bag?

Let’s answer this question the obvious way first warriors. We can start with what the Ultimate Warrior would pack in his own gear bag. Am sure there would be a water bottle, sweat towel, change of clothes, an energy drink or snack maybe, and perhaps back in the day- face paint! Your “gear” could be the same ( minus the paint) along with our personal items. Us women could use a make-up boost after sweating to a workout.

Now, let’s think more about what’s really in our gear bag. These things aren’t of a physical nature at all but should always be with us. Confidence, energy, stamina, integrity, determination, and so many other virtues have to be packed all the time. Warrior had plenty of those, do you? Some come out of the bag during that intense workout but some stay hidden always “zipped” shut. It’s not that bad when those traits are just about us but when they involve others is when an ultimate challenge begins. We can work on ourselves all the time in many areas of our lives and it’s tough. It’s even tougher when we tag team relationships into a gear bag that’s already packed full.

Our whole being and personality are packed so tight that when it gets messed up or jostled around, we panic. Hand raised here. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ “I know I packed those socks, where are they?” If only life were as simple as a missing pair of 🧦. It isn’t just about bringing that gear bag to the gym everyday. Sometimes we empty the whole thing or simply only pack a few necessary items for a brief time. Quite the metaphor for life as you can probably figure out where this is headed. We let some people in and bring them close but then others we may not ever see at the “gym.”

Do you have a big gear bag always ready to go for anything while being throughly prepared? You could be the one who only brings the essentials and wings it depending on what workout you’ll do. The truth is warriors- we do both and are both. Everyday is not the same although it could start out that way. We may pack for something we don’t truly WANT and then find ourselves missing something we truly NEED. It’s like literally packing for weather we can’t control but of course I mean deeper stuff here.

The workout of life is much harder than just hitting the gym for a few hours. Just make sure despite what you pack, you’ll be prepared for anything because that’s how we have to be. Isn’t that the Boy Scout motto? We make sure we have our wallet, keys, and phone but we need to have our REAL stuff in there too. Your inner character counts the most as possessions can be replaced.

Warrior always brought HIMSELF along with any gear bag he might’ve had. Sure, the gyms changed over the years as did the workouts some but his essence never did. Whether he was in character as the Ultimate Warrior or Warrior, his gear bag contained his disciplines, beliefs, and passions all the same.

Let’s remember no matter where our gear bag takes us, that it’ll keep the good stuff despite any of the bad. We also can’t be so zipped up that’s it’s air tight. Open it up a little to breathe. That workout isn’t gonna be easy all the time but we show up because that’s what warriors do. If something doesn’t work anymore, get rid of it and begin again. Gear, just like relationships change over time so you need to decide what to pack and what to leave behind.

We will always have our physical selves in that gear bag but don’t forget your emotional and mental selves too. Those are just as important if not more so. What’s in your gear bag warriors? Well, only you will really know that answer as most can be the same. Once you leave your workout of life, you’ll know what you packed mattered and made a difference. Warrior made a difference and he wants us all to make one too so always believe! Unzip it and use what works, leave the rest…

P.S. All those who read my synchronicities last week with numbers, it was post number 222! How about that? 😳

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All The Likes #30 πŸ’™πŸ’™

We have made it to yet another DATE of a milestone. WrestleMania VII was 30 years ago TODAY which is blog day for me. Another one is coming next week, who can guess? πŸ€”For today, it’s those two above that I have all the likes for. I’ve done enough posts on them together but of course had to celebrate their WrestleMania as friends. They also had all the likes and respect for one another and I know with their energy, they still do…

I decided to get back with a more easy going topic and it’s been in my head a while now. These silly things made me go back and forth with sharing but as many know, ideas come running just like the Ultimate Warrior himself! WMVII was the ONLY time he never ran to the ring, hmmm… This one is about a few of the “likes” Warrior and I both have but not exactly similar to past posts. I’ve mentioned libraries or books, a movie, (The Lion King) music or songs,(think the band Firehouse) climate, geography, and even our beliefs. Now, it’s time for food.

Yes, we all probably remember how disciplined Warrior was with eating but a few items stand out for me. Fans will recall he and Steve Borden (Sting) eating tuna out of a can and then Warrior continued that years later. I did post about a missing tuna can once and have eaten it out of a can as well. It does have a bit of a kick that’s for sure! 😳🐟

I have fond childhood memories of my mom making tuna fish sandwiches or tuna on toast and even on saltines. Always loved it. Maybe you do too but I still love it today. It just makes me smile thinking of Warrior. I know he ate it for different reasons and yes- it is good for you, minus the mayo and extras! All the likes here too.

Another “foodie” is coffee ice cream. I can’t have either of those right now because of my “tummy issues” but here’s my fun connector with Warrior. Way back, Dana had mentioned Warrior’s like of coffee ice cream. Very rarely did he indulge but it made me think of a story that happened almost 19 years ago. I had always wanted to try it but knew I’d be up all night since coffee affects me. It is not a morning treat for me together. My husband and I were on our honeymoon in the Poconos of PA which I have also mentioned before too. If I could attach another pic here, I would. He took a photo of me standing on top of Mt. Pocono holding my coffee ice cream cone. So, in case any are wondering- nope, didn’t sleep much that night considering I had this yumminess later in the day. All the likes though yet again.

The last food reference ( ya know there had to be a 3 count!) would be chocolate almonds. I have always loved nuts but another no-no for me right now, ugh! Dana had shared more little insights into Warrior likes and this was one of them. I think she talked about when they’d all go to the movies and chocolate almonds were his choice. Am sure again it was a rare experience but enough for me to keep in my brain. One day shortly after knowing that, my husband brought home a bag and set it on our kitchen counter. I gasped thinking how I just found out about chocolate almonds and Warrior. He says to me: “We never had these before and I thought you’d like them.” I just stared at the bag and chuckled. All the likes one more time.

You may be thinking that I copied or emulated Warrior but I assure you that is not nor will it ever be the case with me. Another post was written about not doing things because someone else does them or likes them. This is just me being me. I will admit thought how it is very different when a celebrity likes or liked something you do and how it makes one feel. It’s not the same as when let’s say you and your aunt both like olives on pizza. Your reaction is not going to be anything close to the reaction with a famous person.

You also may have these food stories or others I’ve mentioned similar to Warrior. Many of you will also have tons more to add with my list. I just shared to give everyone a good laugh and to remind how we are just people deep down with all the likes. I don’t go searching for connectors but like to know we had stuff in common. Fans do that in their own way, including me. You may agree or think I’m “nuts” ( pun intended!) but ah well, these are my writings after all!!!

I will always have all the likes for those two Superstars together and not just with their WMVII match. I will also have all the likes with Warrior that are forever in my memory. You will have yours too. Just laugh about them and know we are all connected in many ways. HAPPY 30th WMVII!!!!!!! 3/24/91.

P.S. I wonder if there were any foods Randy really liked? I have heard how he drank LOTS of coffee! πŸ˜‚β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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What’s Your Opportunity? πŸ€”πŸ˜¬

I’m sure you all have heard some of these expressions: “wasted opportunities,” “opportunity knocks just once,” or even “don’t let opportunities pass you by!” Yep, I’ve heard them all too. Some of us squander opportunities while some grab every chance they get. There will always be those things in our lives that make us ponder which way to go. Do we take that job? Is it too much of a risk? Will I get another opportunity like this again?

Many good questions that we face all the time. Most may know about Warrior’s opportunities and how he chose a wrestling possibility over pursuing bodybuilding more or even continuing his chiropractic education. I chose working full time in my field of study over college during the day but did go to school at night. That job wasn’t going to be there long so opportunity was knocking for sure back then.

You can connect to opportunity many times in your own life warriors. The problem with us is we want instant gratification and we want it now. You know what I mean. Warrior and Sting craved success in their early years together and thought fame would come sooner. It takes much work and lots of time as they learned.

When opportunity presents itself to you, there are so many options. Just remember when one passes you by, another will always come along. It may not be in the same way but it will line up eventually. With Dana, WWE presented her many different opportunities that involved the Ultimate Warrior brand but she passed on several. Of course it was very challenging for her with trying to preserve his legacy while creating a new life for herself. Now, she has other opportunities with the company that have come along.

We may look back at our lives and see some missed opportunities but please don’t regret the ones you didn’t take. Yes, your life could be very different had you made other choices but lessons learned are indeed valuable. Maybe another even took an opportunity possibly meant for you. Will you be upset or just accept it as is? Warrior had many opportunities once he got out into Hollywood and starred in some movies. He decided that wasn’t for him and never looked back. The stories are endless and you can add your own to this list for sure.

Warrior had a wonderful and ultimate opportunity creating such a legendary character forever remembered in WWE history and beyond. Some may say Vince McMahon gave him lots of opportunities to “make” the character but Warrior had other plans. Who knows what else they could’ve done together but sometimes our own agenda dictates which way opportunity goes. He didn’t agree to all that was before him and we shouldn’t either. You will know which opportunities present themselves the best and which you may just have to say “no thank you” to.

Right now with my kids, it’s all about new and exciting opportunities as they get closer to college, careers, and much more. So many choices but how to choose what’s best? That is a dilemma for each in their own way but our free will and intuition lend a hand. People say America is the “land of opportunity” but really that can be true wherever we are. Without that word, we will never grow and evolve into who we need to be. Those opportunities make us wiser, more educated, and better off for having faced them. Maybe they don’t though. It is after all part of this human life each of us are living.

Alright warriors, what opportunities lie ahead for you? Well, we can say EVERYTHING! The Ultimate one would want nothing less from any of us. Something squandered can be something gained. Don’t look at them being failures because there are always lessons to learn. Opportunities await all over your life from the personal to the professional. Nothing is wasted because it’s always there for us.

You can get opportunities presented to you but maybe you will also present to another. The Ultimate Warrior and Warrior himself took on many in his life and most we won’t be faced with in the same way. Take your own opportunities and make them work to your advantage. Warrior always believed, I do, and you need to also. I’ll leave you with a quote: It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path.” ~~~

Michael Dell

P. S. I recently posted a pic on Twitter but have found many blue Jay feathers lately. That is one of my MAIN signs from Warrior. I had found 5 and the owner of this spiritual shop bought 5 of my books last week! πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—Just found 2 more yesterday making 7!

P.P.S. I was there for an Energy Healing. It is something I believe in addition to traditional methods. This healer and I chatted briefly as I told her a few things about me, my blogs, book etc. While on the table, she noticed my tattoo. She asked if it was connected to “the man in my book.” I had not told her anything. I said yes and explained what it was. She said she could totally feel the ENERGY!

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My Warrior Therapy πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‘ŠπŸ»

You want some more?”

That’s what the Ultimate Warrior was saying above. He was motioning to Bobby Heenan at ringside during his 1989 Summerslam match against Ravishing Rick Rude. U.W. won the IC belt back. So, you warriors want more? You got it, here it is. I’m getting a little more personal with my current health issues but like a warrior, I’m doing the work because I always believe. πŸ’œβœ¨

The last several months have been quite the “ultimate challenge” for me. Mostly it has to do with GI issues that I finally had evaluated. As a warrior, I tried so hard figuring this out on my OWN but finally realized I needed help. Even warriors need help, remember that post? So, after a CT scan in the ER and an appointment with a GI doctor, I had some results. Turns out he recommended a colonoscopy to find the root cause. The prep drink- NOT FUN! I kept saying: “I am a warrior…” thru it all. I have diverticulosis (a mild form but is genetic in my family) and an ulcer. So many people around me are sharing their stories and also spiritual folks like myself with similar GI problems. Makes me feel so ultimately loved. Now, I think it’s a little bit of a gluten sensitivity. Could just be ulcer related, I don’t know for sure… Do I need ultimate support here or what?

All of this has caused much stress which led to back and shoulder pain. I decided my home remedies were o.k. but not enough. Do I contact a chiropractor( almost Warrior’s profession back then) or a physical therapist? Hmmm. They are similar for sure and when I looked up info a few words clotheslined me about chiropractors: “inspire and empower.” Wow. Sounds like Warrior, right? People who may still not fully identify with his spiritual nature need to remember how this field of study isn’t just the physical body but the holistic spiritual one. It’s all healing and Warrior has always been my therapy anyway. I look to him for inspiration and empowerment just like his first possible profession.

I decided on a PT because of other body parts giving me problems, geez… πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈThe woman I used to sit for goes to him and I got plenty of feedback from others. My husband and I had gone to the Vitamin Health Shoppe to get some probiotics and happened to mention my back situation with the sales lady. She pulled out a card of someone her daughter sees and it was the SAME PT the woman I sat for uses! There’s two signs warriors so I called him.

He is the perfect person for me and as soon as I walked into the office, I knew. He had hawk bird feathers which is one of my spirit animalsπŸͺΆ, some crystals which I also use, and many books on religions of the world including Buddhism and Christianity. So many others as books are for me too! One would assume books on the body or PT would abound but nope, didn’t see any of those! Already knowing I was gonna love him and I do as we bonded over many topics. We could talk for hours and seemed to that first session. His beliefs are very similar to mine as I even mentioned my writing to him. Seems that my dear friend told him I wrote a book but left the details to me. πŸ₯° He was fascinated and asked what I blog about. He won’t know this one concerns him. 🀫He is quite the spiritual guy believing in alternative methods to heal the body besides traditional medicine. I know we need them also sometimes but it’s about empowerment with PT too.

Another aspect that Warrior wanted was to educate and that is definitely what all this is teaching me. I am doing better but it’s trial and error many days. I do have an Energy Healing session soon so she’s had GI issues too. Talk about the right people coming into my life at the right time. So many of you may not connect but I need to heal in different ways and with my beliefs, the energy healer is a step in the right direction. After all, Warrior was much about that in those two dreams I had recently…

I have a Warrior up in “parts unknown” always and despite these difficult situations, I won’t ever give up. That’s not part of a Warrior’s creed to do so. I am very grateful to have the help I need while still being inspired and empowered everyday. I realize many may experience more challenges than me but as warriors, we battle on.

Even though he didn’t become that chiropractor, Warrior served others in many different ways. We need to do that too. These recent experiences are paving the road for me to share this story so I can serve in my OWN warrior way. Wishing you all holistic health with an ultimate dose of inspiration and empowerment! πŸ’ͺ🏻

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I Knew You When… πŸ’™πŸ’ͺ🏻

Have you ever heard someone say those words to you above? Maybe you’ve even said them to another. We all have been in those situations when seeing someone after many years or just in regular conversation. Recently, I came across a few other YouTube videos . They really just come to my feed, I don’t go searching as I’ve said before. These are on THE HANNIBAL TV channel and the interviews are with Bill Anderson. He trained Warrior and Sting before they became such great Superstars. The other video is a shortened version in which Bill discusses his long friendship with Warrior even after wrestling. They remained friends and Warrior even references Bill in his HOF speech. I will link both at the end.

Bill was honest with his words but again, time spent with “Jim” and “Steve” were years ahead of their claim to fame and all the pressures that go with pro-wrestling. Of course, over the years people do evolve in their attitudes or lifestyles but we will always have those who will say they knew us when… A memory of mine involves the girls I used to babysit for many years ago. They are grown women now and have moved on from those young years but I still knew them way back when. One I watched as an infant and now she is a mother with almost 2 babies! We all still keep in touch today.

The one thing that will remain the same and I hope this is true for you too is that your core never goes away. Deep down, despite age and people that come and go, you are still you. Yes, we are influenced always by external forces and may respond different than another but our true self and values stay intact. Think about that family relative who approaches you at a reunion or wedding perhaps. What do they say if it’s been years? I’m sure you know that answer. They will always “see” you as that child or teen even though now it’s marriage with kids. Our birth family treats us the same way and we probably reciprocate. We share stories, remembering details of back then, and look at someone grown who is still younger to us. It’s just our human nature to do so. Am sure parents will agree on this about their own kids as well.

Bill mentions many qualities of both legends and most are truly positive. He actually takes a “dig” at Sting which is usually the opposite with Warrior in these bios. Nothing big really but mentions their hard start, good natured ways, and striving for success. We all know how times changed in regards to the price they paid for fame but still believed in the good. There will always be stories told forever and everyone wants pay dirt but to get to the heart of a person takes guts.

How many can say despite much that has changed in our lives, that those who knew us when are still right? We will have many many challenges and fame definitely has its share but will others who knew our younger selves say the same about us now? It’s hard to know really but I do know with Warrior, deep down he still was that guy who became humbled with his roots while still yearning for success. How one handles it is different for all and not one of us should judge based on what we think could happen. Those who did know us when younger may not recognize our traits now as adults but maybe some will.

We move on as everyone does. Our beliefs may expand but our foundation remains. I can attest to this as many from my past still consider me the same even though much with outside circumstances change. I am still that introvert but know how to manage it better and let it work for me. Warrior was too but he wanted to be that extroverted character to prove himself. Once he got into weights, his whole life changed. I do believe he was always creative and that part of him remained into adulthood. Quite possibly those who knew him in Indiana may agree? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

You will only ever see one side of someone as a youngster because they aren’t faced with life choices that will affect them quite yet. I know people who can’t believe how introverted I was as a kid even though I still am. Then again, those who knew me when still can’t believe I wrote a book! It goes both ways as am sure your own recollections are relatable.

The next time you are thinking of saying you knew someone when… look at it from their point of view. Would your memory be harmful or helpful to them? Are you just bragging or will you attest to their true nature of today? Even though they might throw that statement back at you, at least you have thought enough about it. You understand what it means. We will all have our own memory banks but let’s be mindful in how we use them towards others.

Bill Anderson shared his stories of a different time with those two trainees but was respectful. Yes, it all changed but again way down deep, one doesn’t. Followers can say you knew me when this blog was a baby and now it’s going on FIVE! We will all know someone when but I hope it can be good on both ends. We can have our memories while keeping humility at heart. β€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

P.S. Here are the videos from THE HANNIBAL TV YouTube channel:

*Bill training Warrior and Sting:

https://youtu.be/jNT9H5LvZTI

It’s about 35 min…

*Bill on his friendship with Warrior:

https://youtu.be/FD_yhQWJGho

*** For those who aren’t familiar, Bill was also a former wrestler himself, referee, and ring announcer for many years! (This video is about 3 min. condensed from another.)

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The Pressure to Perform

Hey warriors… Have you ever felt pressured to perform in front of a crowd? Of course. All of us have at least a few times in our lives. Giving speeches in school, acting in plays, singing, dancing, and yes- even wrestlers like the Ultimate Warrior. Was your performance based on a requirement, want, or pressure from others? Perhaps it’s a combination of all those. The Ultimate Warrior felt that pressure as many of his former colleagues jumped “rings” from WWE to WCW back then. Yes, he was paid well for a short time period but still wanted to incorporate new ideas into their Nitro program. Such pressure indeed.

The pressure can be good although many times we view it as bad. Maybe it’s the word itself. Sometimes we may even feel like we are in a pressure cooker and our performance either pops or fizzles out. It is very different for those involved in fame but again, we always have choices. Just showing up and performing at life is our best with or without anyone else thinking so. We may have to do things we truly don’t want to so the pressure is upon us. It’s all in how we handle it even when making sacrifices.

Think about anytime in your life where you had to make a decision on how to handle pressure. I can think of many. It doesn’t have to be physically performing let’s say in front of an audience but maybe something different. Standing up to a bully can be pressure but not performing exactly. It could even be arguing your point of view against another even though you don’t want to hurt feelings. There will always be consequences despite the best efforts but our free will determines the outcome. One day perhaps you’ll look back and know that pressure made you perform and without it, you never would – at least not in the same way.

I do and love a lot of activities but sometimes feel the need to conform based on pressure from others or what they do. It happens to us all. We may conform but then we may not. Our job shouldn’t depend on it but in some cases it seems to. If you find yourself in that situation, look for the best and perform positively despite pressure. If you really can’t, you’ll know how it affects you and others.

Warrior felt the pressure of performing his character with how wrestling always was in regards to gimmicks and such. He may have caved to some storylines but resisted the pressure to do things always in the business way.

The same can be said for all of us only with differing aspects. None of us parents the exact same way and yet we feel pressure to perform like all the others. We don’t do anything like another but that word of pressure always remains. How we perform under it is the main event.

Many times did I find myself caving to pressure to please or simply just to get it over with. I may still as some situations aren’t worth the fight as much but when it truly counts, I don’t cave. It is so much harder to withstand that pressure but your performance will be worth it. At least I hope it is for you. The easy road isn’t always the better one and you will be stronger for having that courage under pressure.

Some people like how Warrior was caved under pressure to prove to themselves mostly that they will follow thru. Not everything has to be a battle but if it is, win it the best even if under pressure to do so. Once he stepped away from that performing, pressure still remained for him but in new opportunities. He would always say striving to be more creative kept him going. While continuing to motivate or inspire others, his performance became less about the physical and more about the mental.

Our performances in life will sometimes fail or sometimes get standing ovations. Even if you don’t hear “BRAVO!” (not Dino, wrestling fans…) or see a sign cheering you on, know your pressure doesn’t have to be so big. Doing your best with what you’ve got is good enough to earn respect and should. We don’t need a wrestling arena, T.V. set, or movie screen to know performers as they are around us everyday. It’s in you, me, and everyone you meet. There will always be pressure in every area of your life but perform to be happy and the rest will come. If you are loving who you are and what you do, others will give that BRAVO or anything deserving.

We owe it to ourselves not to let the pressure of performing take over lest we lose why we are really us. Receive all that life has to offer but take the pressure off sometimes. Let’s just be performers enjoying our lives because they are ours to OWN. You are a warrior just like me. Be gentle with yourself, we need that more. πŸ’œπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’™

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Silly or Serious? πŸ˜œπŸ€”

There’s a question for you warriors. If you have ever watched pro-wrestling, is it silly or serious? When I first started watching, I loved the silliness of it all way back when. Does anyone remember the Piledriver album and the music videos they did back in the 80’s? That was during the MTV craze and WWF just had to be part of it all. Like I’ve said before, the humor got to me first before any drama slammed its way into my life.

Warrior had made references to wrestling being both silly and serious. In the book “A Life Lived Forever,” he explained how his step-dad would watch at night. After arriving home late on the weekends with his buddies, the T.V. channel got changed when “Jim” came in the door. Warrior thought it was “goofy” as he wasn’t into it at all. On The Ultimate Collection DVD, he talks about the seriousness of wrestling as he approached his character. His quote: “It’s serious. It’s a serious thing to go out there and be a character for the WWE.” Some thought he was crazy for doing so much and taking it all very serious. Us fans know his attention to details made all the difference.

He also confessed on a documentary how sometimes he felt silly for putting on all the face paint, running, and shaking ropes. He was referencing his own character and not that of others with being silly. As intense as he was, the aspects of being Ultimate Warrior got to him at times which is how we all are. I bet you can think of some situations and find the silly and serious stuff to it. I sure hope so. It can be quite an ultimate challenge finding something funny in what is meant to be more intent. We need to sometimes.

From what I gather, there isn’t much silly in wrestling anymore as it has all become more serious mind games. That was a turn off for me but fans still love it all. Vince wanted his business of entertainment taken more seriously than it was in the past. Can you remember something in your life that was both? Let’s see. What would it be for me? Well, to use my development as an example is great here. When I first started opening my psychic intuition, I was very super serious about it. After all, communicating to parts unknown isn’t goofy. You know what? It can be and is! Just read many of my older posts and you’ll know what I mean. It just might take another person to point out a funny moment when you never even saw one. Most may know how humor is involved much with this blog.

There will always be those circumstances in life which are never silly and never will be. We know this. There will also be those experiences that start out one way and then turn into another. I do believe the Superstars back in the day took their job seriously enough but infused much silliness as well. Despite the dramatic storylines, they wanted us to laugh even when we didn’t want to. Just watch old promos or listen to the great commentators of that generation and you’ll get it.

Do you consider yourself more of a serious or silly person? This will interpret how you view your many external forces. I know we are a mix of both but of course it depends on the situation. My brother and I were very funny growing up as was my youngest sister. The other one, not so much. We evolve into different people with age and may look at an event another way. Then again, if something was silly it still will be- at least for me. The serious stuff is exactly the same although I can grin a little easier nowadays. I dunno– The Undertaker, snake bites, Papa Shango, etc. Oh boy! 😬

I always believe in the balance with all that we do. Most thought Warrior was too serious but there are plenty of funny stories about him out there told by many. We need yin and yang all the time warriors. There’s a time for serious and then there’s a time for silly. Just make sure your life has both with whatever comes your way. Our jokes may offend someone just as much as one’s seriousness may cause us to say:”Lighten up!”

When having an emotional or upsetting moment, I try thinking of something that will make me laugh. I’ve done this countless times over the years when reflecting on Warrior and my connection to him. I get a little outburst and then find myself too overwhelmed. It’s then that I think or even say something out loud that lightens the mood. Don’t wallow too long warriors, it’s good to smile and laugh. We NEED more of both.

Think also of other forms of entertainment you are drawn to. The movies, T.V., live shows, and all we watch have the serious and silly. I personally love both and never get just swayed with one. Our brains and heart crave so much and we need to feed it with variety. It’s what makes us human.

The next time you find yourself in a situation or watching some form of entertainment, try to find what’s serious and what’s silly about it. We need to laugh, cry, scream, and FEEL it all. Maybe wrestling still brings out all those emotions for you. It certainly did for me and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Warrior softened his opinions about wrestling over the years as time and age will do that. Let’s bring it all to the mat- the silly stuff and the serious. Even without being a fan of sports entertainment, you are still a fan of your life. Enjoy it all because as warriors, we need it ultimately! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯°

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Build Up, Tear Down… (is it reversed?)

Before I begin, here’s another date I’ve been reminded of. 7️⃣years ago today is when WWE’s 2014 HOF inductees were announced. I read that somewhere and had to write it down. πŸ’™πŸ‘πŸ» All these dates that seem to line up on Warrior Wednesdays. A few BIG ones are coming but I’ll save them for March…

That pic of the Ultimate Warrior above was during an interview right before he tore down the set of “The Brother Love Show.” That was built up and then torn down. Don’t we all just want to do that sometimes? Of course that segment on T.V. was scripted but what about our real lives? I bet most of us sometimes feel the need to pick up a chair and throw it or something worse. It’s like shaking our own ropes. Our frustrations and emotions or even anger get the best of us. I’m generally speaking here and not addressing the recent events in the U.S. last week.

Despite the physical, we tear each other down all the time. Our thoughts, words, actions and everything in between affects us and others. Humans have a tendency to let our disagreements or differences get in the way and when someone isn’t on our side, sh** happens.

Many disliked the Ultimate Warrior character or even Warrior himself and tore him down. I know he was guilty of things as well but we need to build up and should as respectful people. Every single one of us starts fresh and new with whatever we choose in life. Then once we get noticed, say certain words, take action and such, we are torn down. It isn’t always those famous people either as we all know nor is it big huge things people do that brings them down. We can’t stay small and quiet forever but as soon as we build ourselves up or an opportunity comes, someone will always be there to tear it down.

All of us have been there. Think about those moments in your life where you built something up and made it happen. It’s all going great but then an opinion, remark, or event will get thrown at you and all your hard work gets knocked around.

Most know the build up of U.W. and how he, Vince McMahon, and the fans worked together. Then, perspectives shifted, differences began and it all started getting torn like his crumbling face paint.

There are consequences for our actions if they become extreme but some may not care. That’s their right. Our beliefs are in us for a reason and if we feel the need to share those, o.k. Let’s just be in control and remember to keep logic in the match. Even the best of arguments can turn sour or go south so to speak. My husband and I get along great but disagree on several heated topics. Have we torn each other down? Not entirely but we know better. Like I’ve said before, you don’t need to always agree but should always respect. That’s what builds us up.

It is quite the different life with fame as we all have our favorites across generations. When someone starts out, we know little about them but then we see and hear more from them. We still might be a fan but there are those actions that will make us disagree so much we don’t feel the same anymore. I’ve had that happen with famous people I admired or liked. No, this doesn’t apply to Warrior at all as most have assumed with my writings and never will. I can make my opinion known about him or stuff in his past but will never tear him down, ever.

Some may even lose a close family member or friend over a time because of something being built up and then unexpectedly torn down. You may have regrets but perhaps you don’t. Only you and that other person can decide on the best resolution.

Think about how you can even help if someone has been torn down. Your kindness or offer of support may just be what wins the match in their life. Things always start by building and then over time they wear out or get old. We can replace or repair but it may be too beat up. Then, we will start again and strap on our gear with new moves to build anew. Even wrestlers will tear down their gimmick and build it up again. You will be tempted to go with the crowd or with what’s popular but only your decisions will decide on the tear down or build up.

We’ve all been guilty of negative things in our lives but need to choose the positive. You can have your own point of view but use it in a respectful and honorable way. Let’s all be better warriors and work our best. We don’t need to be the reason of a tear down but should be the reason for a build up. The Brother Love Show had to go but real love never will…

P.S. It has come to my attention that some recent YouTube video links haven’t been working. Perhaps YouTube isn’t allowing sharing anymore, I don’t know.? If a link doesn’t access, just search up the actual YouTube channel. Some channels don’t have that many videos so accessing them shouldn’t take too long.

*** I apologize for any errors not on my part!

*** Andrew William Wright has a NEW uploaded video on Warrior called: “I Stand ALONE.” It’s an authorized documentary. Feel free to watch if interested, about 52 min.

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The Mighty Machine

We are all machines running on that energy fueling our bodies everyday. Yet sometimes, even the mightiest machines break, wear down or out, and need to be reset. We move this vehicle that is ourselves so much it becomes a rubber band stretched too thin at times. Am sure you warriors know what I mean. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Burnout happens to all of us at various stages in our lives so when is enough- enough? We don’t want to be taken for granted or become unappreciated for all that we are. I have mentioned before how many may not remember Warrior working five years or so without taking time off even during Holidays. He became fatigued and finally had that long break. Yes, there were other factors behind his absence but we shouldn’t forget his prior work which in essence was a a mighty machine.

Have you ever left a job and then down the road got asked back? If so, did you believe they missed, loved, or needed you? Perhaps they needed the clients or money you brought in or maybe also the talent pool remained small. Did you go back because you missed the work, money, or people? It can be a win-win on both ends.

Warrior had this in his wrestling career many times and although this wasn’t the case with me, similarities yet again. For me, it was about being a substitute teacher. At times, I did everything and wanted to learn. I was young and unattached and needing money. It became more than that for me though as my mighty machine was totally wearing thin.

I knew that preschool program better than anyone else at the time so it was a huge compliment knowing the boss trusted me. I thought different after a bit and didn’t want to feel taken advantage of. They could activate a sub list but assumed I had no other plans being part -time so why not? The truth is- even if I didn’t have specific plans, it would be my time for me. I shouldn’t had to lie or make up excuses just to say no. Appreciation or lack of choices remains debatable.

I know Vince loved Warrior but wrestling truly wasn’t going to be his career life choice. He wanted to prove success beyond that sport and without the big paycheck, he did. Warrior succeeded in the way he wanted but not without his share of struggles. It wasn’t always about the money and most will never see that about Warrior.

When we are younger and just starting out, our machines are ready for anything. Our morals start to step in and form a tag team with this machine of ours. It’s great at first like it was for me but then we think a new way and realize it should be different. My preschool never had an aide before so I was treated like royalty but expected to do much. I loved it all with very little pay. It made no difference for such a long time because I was learning in a field that was a passion.

My personality tends to do much for others and while good, we must not forget our own worth. Once I found my voice, that machine of mine changed direction. I spoke up, shocked them, and my mightiness switched gears.

I do realize many of you swallow that pride probably more often then you’d like and accept your constant running machine. We need those external things for our livelihood and may not have a choice despite morality wanting to tag in. Just don’t let your machine get too worn out that it can’t be repaired.

We will always have certain obligations, duties, or lessons to learn but try to balance that yin and yang like I preach always. Don’t get to the point where your rubber band will break and cause destruction. The mighty machine you get to use in this lifetime needs to be cared for, cleaned, shined, turned off, and just left alone for a while.

There will always be choices we are faced with all the time and sacrifices every day. Use your mighty machine in the best way for you. It might not be what someone else will do but just honor the decisions that can serve the machine of your life. You only have one so don’t let it rust too much where it becomes unrecognizable.

If it needs a change, do it. If it needs a voice, find it. If it needs a break, shut it down and rest. Your mighty machine will be there for you but you also need to be there for it. Whatever your situation, listen to your own mighty machine and keep it working always. It will serve you well warriors if you allow it to. 🦾

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Desire to Inspire βš‘οΈπŸ’«

When thinking of this week’s title πŸ€”, I was reminded of a mantra from my journal in June. “Desire to Inspire” has a great bell ring (ding, ding, ding…) doesn’t it? You have to believe it though… Warrior said over and over again how he truly wanted to inspire, motivate, and educate others. He continued searching for ways to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Isn’t that what we all should do too?

Whether one liked or disliked the Ultimate Warrior character, he did become quite the inspiration for so many with his confidence, discipline, and beliefs. We need to look at the WHY of inspiration. Like I’ve said before, you look for inspiration but be that for others as well. Most won’t flock to T.V. as a way for inspiration but we can notice those little things everyday.

Three people have stood out for me personally as being inspirational lately. It’s not always our words but also actions and a desire for the good. Earlier this year, two inspiring souls reached out to me through my website and email. I will keep their names private but they contacted me personally as we shared common interests.

I had a phone conversation with this woman about celebrities or famous people in spirit. We bonded over our experiences while offering advice. She also read my book Spirit and Belief and loved the stories! We both especially referenced The Mysterious Batteries. πŸ˜‰ She truly was an inspiration having enough guts reaching out to a stranger. We had many similarities yet differences which connected our beliefs and abilities.

The second connection was from someone who is a bodybuilder and found a few of Warrior’s YouTube videos. He had no idea that man was the same person he idolized as a child back in the WWF days. He shared details while complementing Warrior on being HIS inspiration. Both people thanked me for being the voice they are intimidated to be on their own. We all have that desire to inspire and it’s a wonderful gift expressing however it suits you.

There are so many ways to look at inspiration. It’s all communication in any form. The Ultimate Warrior had his loud, intense way but perhaps that approach isn’t quite you. Writing works for me but again, your choice.

Face to face discussions are the best of course but that might be difficult for some. Do you work best with phone calls, email, text, or other social media outlets? I love making YouTube videos but that can be a challenge at times. The desire needs to be there. We also need to practice listening with inspiration as that is a two-way street. Even though both of those individuals I had not met, I listened and then responded humbly. They both contacted me so the desire became about respect along with that inspiration.

The third person was a totally different experience. My husband was in the process of selling his mother’s home near her passing and took this big task on. After a time of some interest, he was contacted by a mutual friend thru Facebook. His brothers and he were struggling and I just sent out an S.O.S. to the Universe for patience and guidance. Lo and behold, it delivered.

This man we found out later is indeed a Joe of all trades. His name is Joe and besides being a realtor, had done many other jobs. When carpet got wet, he replaced it for a smaller fee than a company and even went above and beyond to help these boys out. His own brothers knew my husband in high school so there was a connection…

Here’s the part some of you will love. He used to be a pro-wrestler!!! I did get to meet him as those goose bumps filled my arms and legs. Hello Warrior. πŸ’™ Joe was in the NWA and wrestled under the name Vladimir Markov. Yep, they made him Russian! Look him up for more info… Pretty cool, huh? He knew of the Ultimate Warrior and many other names I mentioned. My husband told him how I talked with Dana Warrior on her podcast! It was so thrilling(: Later on, my husband said how Joe was a Godsend as I KNOW someone up there likes us and sent help. πŸ™πŸ» Joe was such an inspiration helping out without huge demands and being so understanding with our needs.

My three count again even without Warrior on this list. Desire to Inspire and look to the real reasons of intent.

Be a voice but encourage another to use theirs.

Get noticed but notice others as well.

Maybe you yell, email, or sell houses but whatever your task, just have true desire. The inspiration will come. Find your WHY always…

P.S. A few of Warrior’s YouTube videos are called: “Injections of Inspiration.” How about that?

~~~Who’s your inspiration and why? πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’œ

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