Sunday, October 31, 2010


This was intended to be the original first post.  It is something that I had rattling around in my head and typed out almost a week ago.  I figured that an introduction would serve the blog better, but now I give you this.  From here on out updates will be regular, but less frequent I think.


What does that word mean to you? Is it something that you would apply to yourself? 

I have come to the opinion that being relentless is a good thing for an individual.  To me it means being unwilling to accept anything below a certain set standard.  I have lived this definition for the last few months.  As many who know me are aware I lost weight in what was in the beginning an effort to work towards my black belt grading, along the way it changed from simply a task that must be completed into something far more personal. I am the fittest I have ever been in my life due to a desire to constantly surpass what I have been able to do before. 

This style of thinking has transferred to karate, school and life in general as well, I am always aiming to push myself and others to do more during warm-ups and in class, at school it has become something where "good enough" really means excellent, because if its not excellent, its not good enough.  As for life in general, it is not quite as focused, but the general application is strive for the best effort at all times in what I am doing.

Be relentless in the pursuit of your personal goals and you will find that you not only achieve them, but surpass them, such is the nature of someone who is relentless.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

What's In A Name

I fiddled around with the name for this blog for the better part of the afternoon before deciding on 'Wisdom, Courage, Power' on the way home from the gym.

At first it was named Attitude, Behaviour, Character which are the 3 words we have on the brown belt sheets at the karate club, but then I thought that titling my blog that was hmmm..  a bit presumptuous.  So I switched it to Chris Talkin' as a placeholder (that's right talkin' without the G).  I decided on Wisdom, Courage, Power as it's a collection of words that I have put forward as a necessary trio on my way towards becoming a black belt at karate.  Many will also know, that these three things make up the Triforce in the Legend of Zelda series.

Symbolized like this:

Power sits on the top with wisdom and courage forming the base.  Without first having wisdom and the courage to act, power has no base.

That is how I have approached my drive to become a black belt.   To gather wisdom, from experience, from observation, from lessons, from other people.  To have the courage to do what must be done, to accept where my weaknesses are and strive to improve upon them, to be able to step forward and lead verbally and by example when needed.  With these two things Power has the base to stand upon, fortunately, wisdom and courage are always being tested and challenged with new situations, and one's sense of power must always be tempered by that fact.  Someone who craves power without having the other two qualities in their character is someone who is dangerous, and ultimately unworthy of the power they think they have.

A New Beginning


Over the last few years I have made several attempts to write journals and keep blogs and so on.  I think most of these attempts failed because basically I had very little to write about.  I mean no one really wants to read about my day to day life.  The other things I had to say were not tempered with experience of any real degree.

Now, however I find that I do have insights, and clever things to say, and really just a need for a space to rant on things sometimes so why not here?

As well, for full disclosure, I was partially inspired to do this because a friend of mine started a blog and I enjoyed reading it!
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So here's to new beginnings, and the hope that I can actually keep this up for long enough to make it worth while!