“Balance. Position. Timing. Boxing comes down to those three things. If you get ’em, it won’t matter how much bigger or stronger your opponent is.”
“Life comes down to those three things, Coach. Maybe if I can learn them here, I can apply them there.”
Balance. Analytical thinkers like me have a lot of trouble with this. We like to lean to the extreme end. The black end or the white end feels much more natural than the mushy grey middle. But, when you lean, you fall. Life is a tightrope and each of us must hold the pole. If we do not compensate equally on both sides, every move will prove disastrous.
Position. I’m often either so close that I cannot protect myself or so far away that I cannot make any kind of decent impact. I stand up when I should be crouching down. I crouch down when I should be standing up. I punch when I should be blocking. I block when I should be punching. I’m stiff when I should be loose. I’m loose when I should be stiff. I think I need to learn how to dance before I learn how to fight. Proper position is imperative throughout the duration of every fight.
Timing. Oh, timing, how you elude me! Timing is everything. That’s why I got nothin’. Too fast and overzealous and I am a wrecking ball. Too slow and unengaged and I become another statistic who missed her best shot. Both leave me full of regret. Until I live, eat, and breathe training – be it with boxing or brotherly love – I will not possess the art of proper timing.
What I’m really grasping at in all of these is precision. I want to hit the mark. No wavering. No leaning. No falling. No missing. No fouls. No prematurity. No hesitation. Precision is what I pine for – and that takes pain, patience, and potential.
“You’re killing me!”
“I’m training you.”
How many times I have cried out these words bantering my Maker! How many times he has calmly answered the very same way.
Self-pity is not part of the protocol when one is on the roster to learn practical precision. No amount of pain or impatience will arrest the progress of the person in whom God sees the potential for perfection.
Balance. Position. Timing. The life of a Christian is rooted in these three things. If you get ’em, you will overcome the opposition regardless of the difficulties. Be precise.
Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. ~Ecclesiastes 7:18b