‘Humility’ exists only in relation to stories we have about ourselves.
Stories are cool and fun. Trust me, I relish the smell of used bookstores and comic book shops.
The problem is taking our stories seriously.
I didn’t put the time in to reach Black Belt to feel bad about a Blue or Purple tapping me out. Hell, more than likely a Purple has invested a lot of time in the position he or she catches me with. Feeling bad in this case isn’t misguided, it’s delusional.
Also, sometimes my Jiu-Jitsu just isn’t that great. I should be able to slow down, or at least nullify a stronger, faster, younger opponent, but my technique doesn’t always live up to the billing. That’s why I keep showing up:
To deepen understanding and refine application.
Black is the new White son: