The Big Guy

I had been practicing Aikido for several years when my “Aikido brother” started preparing for his black belt test.  He was something of a gentle giant, tall and broad, but kind hearted and sensitive.  In our practices, he was always careful not to, so to speak, throw his weight around, not to intimidate others.  As his test approached, there was one practice where multiple people were attacking him and the gentle giant changed.  His whole being shifted and you could see power flow in his body as he easily threw his attackers one by one.   Everyone saw it and when it was over, our teacher laughed and asked him “Did you just realize you were a big guy?”
we become
what we are
when we realize
 what
we already are
Valerie Rosenfeld
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