October 5, 2006
The Soul of a Champion
by Ondra L. Berry
"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
When you think about the soul of a champion, you may think of all the attributes of a sports hero, but what separates the good athlete from the champion—simply, heart and soul. USA Today is currently running a ten-week series on the soul of a champion, looking in detail at the traits and characteristics that make someone a true champion in their chosen field of endeavor. What is a champion? A champion is a winner, a guardian, a victor, a frontrunner, a star. What do we mean by soul? A person’s soul, in the secular sense, is their core, their character, the very essence of what makes a person who they are. So when you look at the people in your life who have the soul of a champion, it can be a friend, a supervisor, a parent, a grandparent, a mentor, or a coach, anyone who possesses those traits. These people have the tenacity, the fortitude and the resilience to endure any struggle to achieve their goal. Watch people when the chips are down, when they hit a wall, when life throws them curveballs, they get right back up and try again. These champions have something within them that allows them to focus on their goal, to keep their eye on the ball, and to make a way out of no way. I read a short article about tight-rope walkers. The secret to walking across that rope is to never look down, but to always keep your focus on the goal on the other side. If you look down, you will fall. Sadly, we all know people who have looked down and fallen and never gotten back up; they have enormous potential, and do nothing with their true capabilities. We can all point to someone who has done nothing with their God given talents--who waste their DNA. Graveyards are filled with unrealized potential.
The USA Today article identifies four traits that you find in the soul of a champion; Competitiveness, Composure, Confidence, and Focus. Those who have the souls of a champion have goals and dreams. They love the feeling of accomplishing what they have set out to do. They have confidence in their abilities, and their confidence remains high even after a mistake. Think about each of those traits. Someone who is competitive and who is willing to dig a little deeper and push themselves a little harder than the next person will always win. A person who has composure has the ability to do their best work under pressure. The bigger the expectation, the better they are able to keep their eye on their goals and accomplish them without fear. A person who has confidence takes a learning approach to mistakes and failures. Confidence is a mental skill that all leaders must develop. A person who knows how to focus is able to keep their concentration for long periods of time and doesn’t get distracted easily.
Oftentimes, people are soul searching, trying to figure out how to get to the next level as a leader. In order to reach higher and go farther, you must strive to have the soul of a champion. The number one area to enhance to attain this goal is mental preparation. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds because energy follows thought. When you change your thoughts, you change your attitude. When you change your attitude, you change your actions. When you change your actions, you change your results. When you change your results, you change your destiny. I am recommending that you read the USA Today series on the soul of a champion that appears each Tuesday.
July 6, 2006
Afar Off City
A city of myths, of fables, of legends.
It starts with a pilgrimage.
Across a desert, over mountains, through a
forest, down into a valley, and finally the end.
Winds race, and from the dust of playa it comes
A place of dreams, of wonder, of fire.
There are fairies and fearies, demons and
warriors, pink bunnies and kitty cats.
And than I saw her.
A creature whose beauty could inspire poets, and
I saw her dance.
Then later in the arena of Thunderdome, I
watched her fight...
.....with a sword of fire.
June 12, 2006
You were awesome last night! Can't wait to do it again!!!!
June 7, 2006
Well I'm Eazy-E, I got bitches galore
You may have a lot of bitches but I got much more
Wit my super duper group coming out to shoot
Eazy-E, muthafukas cold knocking the boots
'Cause I'm a hip-hop thugster, I used to be a mugster
If you heard Compton, you think I own a drugstore
Getting stupid because I know how
And if a sucker talks shit, I give him a (POW)
8 ball sipping, the bitches are flipping
Slow down, I hit a dipping, continue my tripping
Hitting my switches, collect from my bitches
The money that I make so I can add to my riches
Fill my stash box and start rubbing my gat
Feeling good as hell because my pockets are fat
A hardcore villian cold roaming the streets
And wit a homie like Dre just supplying the beats
Because I'm a gansta having fun
Never leave the pad without packing a gun
Hitting hard as fuk, I make you ask what was it
Boy you should have known by now, Eazy duz it
I was knocking muthafukas out
What's your name boy
Funky, fresh Eazy-E
Kick, kick that shit
Where you from fool, Compton, yea
Rolling through the hood, cold tearing shit up
Stick my head out the window and I say what's up
To the niggaz on the corner cold bumping the box
But you know that's an alibi for slanging the rocks
A dice game started so I said what the fuk
So I put my shit in park and had to try my luck
Hard to roll wit my bitch jocking 24-7
Rolled them muthafukas, ate 'em up, hit 11
Got another point, I made a ten a fo'
Was taking niggaz money and was itching for mo'
Laughing in their faces and said you're all making me rich
Then one punk got jealous, cold slap my bitch
He pulled out his gat, I knew he wouldn't last
So I said to myself, homeboy, you better think fast
He shot (gunshots), I shot (gunshots)
As you can see, I cold broke his ass (ha ha)
(Wait a minute, wait a minute, who does it)
Muthafuking Eazy duz it
But how does he do it
Eazy duz it do it eazy
That's what I'm doing
Man whatcha gonna do now
Now I'm a break it down just to tell a little story
Straight out the box from the gangsta category
About a sucker, a sucker muthafuka
He's addicted, he's a smoker but in Compton called a clucker
he used to have a house car and golden rings
But the cooky cooky crack took all those things
he must of been starving 'cause he broke in my house
Caught the nigga on the street and straight took his ass out
Now I wanted for a murder that I had to commit
Yea I went to jail but that wasn't shit
Got to the station about a quarter of nine
Call my bitch to get me out 'cause I was down for mine
The bitch was a trip cold hung up the phone
Now my only phone call was in the ganking zone
All the things I did for her like keeping her rich
I swear when I get out, I'm gonna kill the bitch
Well by now you should know it was just my luck
The baliff of the station was a neighborhood cluck
I looked him straight in the eye and said what's up
And said let's make a deal, you know I'll do you up
Now back on the streets and my records are clean
I creeped on my bitch wit my uzi machine
Went to the house and kicked down the do'
Unloaded like hell, cold smoked the ho
From around the way, born in '73
Harcore B-boy named Eazy-E
It's '88 now, '73's obselete
A nigga wit a serious ass attitude and 100% street
And if you all wanna hear some more
In one way or the other, I'm a bad brother
Word to the muthafuka
March 28, 2006
I FUCKIN'LOOOOVE YOU MAAAN!!!!!!!
February 3, 2006
OMG.......after hanging out w/ Tangee for a couple weeks. You just get to feel how wonderful and beautiful she is. Inside and Out. It's kinda hard not to like her.
She has this giggle (which I"m sure you know what it sounds like) it's so cute, you could just shrink her and put her in your pocket.
I simply adore her.
Plus the connection she has w/ D.
These 2 are truly made for each other...
Tangee you rock my socks off.
I'm seriously blessed to know a kindful soul like you.
June 2, 2005
Tangee is such a sweetheart. I will always remember fondly the times we shared as virgins on the Playa during Burning Man.
June 1, 2005
*(¨`·.·´*·. ¸.·´ ** `·.¸.·´ `·.·´¨)*
* `·.¸.·sHoW sOmE LoVe.¸.·´*
April 30, 2005
It doesn't matter what this girl does with fire.....she always looks HOT!!!
April 18, 2005
Happy Birthday to a wonderul woman
Hope this day brings ya joy and all that good stuff
Court Dawgy Dawg
April 7, 2005
A great soul and inspiration.
Thanks for the support and hope I can return it all the same!
with positive energy to you.. atcandéla
March 23, 2005
Lady Lava or Tangee or the Word Pimptress! You are an inspiration in my life and I'm sure all that you come into contact with. Its funny how life is! We ended up dancing with Fire together. I remember the first time I met you which was at my bday bash 2 years ago. You dancing your butt off in my living room! Who knew you would be such an important part my life. Thank you for your friendship, thank you for you love and support.
Simply thank you,
Luv with alls my heart
February 19, 2005
She never ceases to make me smile... =0)
January 13, 2005
P.S. I Love You!!!!!!!!!!!!!
November 9, 2004
Tangee... I love seeing you at parties. We need to hang more!!!
October 12, 2004
So happy that I make you so happy when I am around! .
You make me feel so special...
and not in a retarded way at all...
but in that so darn happy you and I are friends way! ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
Luv you darlin!
You can shout my name til yer blue in the face...
if you likey likey...
well, then again...
that might just be the tank yer suckin on...
We rocked puttin that pole together....
goood job there missy!
Lets do it again....
hmmm...maybe next year
and the year after
and the year after!
Maybe we can put it on wheels...
drag your hubby around as carresses the mighty pole for all to see...
then we can get some more riders, you'll see.....
September 14, 2004
Exquisite... it wouldn't take you long to go through the entire alphabet to find adjectives that apply to Lady Lave. But the truth is she's just indescribably cool.
July 26, 2004
How I love my Tangee, the world works in mysterious ways, but bringing this beautiful woman into my life has not been a tough one to figure out. She's LOVE all love, that's all plain and simple, not one bad bone in this beautiful body, not even a little one, well maybe but soo small you will never see it unless your thinking naughty bones then watch out that's a whole different story. She exudes kindness, warmth, happiness, nurturing, peacefulness, everything she touches turns to gold, she is my light and a light for many, we have been there to share eachothers joys, wiped away eachothers tears and will share an eternity together in eachothers hearts.
Words will never truly give justice to the beauty that lies in Tangee.
I love you
July 19, 2004
this is girl is firey hot!! she's got the bomb moves and is willing to hook a girl up by melting the wet n' wild eyeliner with her fire. just stay away from the aqua net.
July 7, 2004
So beautiful, so so beatiful and gracefull at the same time!!!!!! I don't know many with my wifes talents. I am blessed she is there to see in front of me and protect me.
July 1, 2004
Tangee is a such a treasure to me.
Women like her are rare.
She is so strong, loving, inspirational, talented and powerful.
She is one tough chick who isn't afraid to do anything, even be herself.
And let me tell you, (as Dr. Magma knows) she is a SEX GODDESS! That girl has a juicy black girl butt and hip-hop moves that are an absolute pleasure to experiance. Oh, yeah and she is fucking gorgeous!
I miss our good old days of drunken dance rehersals and slave driven. I love you Tangee and I want to work with you more so we can can be joined at the hip again. This time we'll play with fire too.
June 28, 2004
I feel so lucky to get the opportunity to dance with her and be her friend. Tangee has the most wondeful smile and her beauty lights the path for us all. Sweetie you are truly inspiring and I luv you :)
June 25, 2004
POOM POOM MOMIE MOMIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 25, 2004
A woman I would lend my own to... and have on occasion. Ahem... Yes, I would put you, Tangee, on my right side in time of jeopardy, and in time of celebration. Let there be many more w/ this young vixen in my midst! Strength, do I derive in her mere presence. Confident do I then feel. Let me always support you in turn. In fact let me support this Saturday! YEEEEEEEHHAAAAAASWWWWWWWW!!!!! LABA! Big Evil Isand!
June 2, 2004
"An opportunity to move people forward..." And so she does!
Her own words about her goal and motivation in life could not be more true or more real. This woman plays and sculpts fire as though she is the flame. And she damn near is! HOT is not descriptive enough. OOOOO DAMN GIRL. Dalmacio and Tangee are like spontaneous combustion. T, You don't need a flame, you're already on fire.
Together Lava Lady and Dr Magma light up my world.
May your flames burn forever hot, forever bright, forever long!
March 30, 2004
"Some people say, if you have, you do, which will make you be. But the TRUTH of the matter is: when you BE, you start to do and in return, you will have..."
That's so true girl, 'cause like ma boy Sunshine Jones sez, "the only way to keep something forever... is [ya gotz ta] set it free"...
Keep singin' it out, sistah! I'm lovin' it! ;>
March 16, 2004
These two... I mean... What more can I say... Top Billin'!
Seriously, I met them recently, we had a chat, they were dressed to the T's. I hope to know them better...
- Andre AKA "A" Naughty! Nightlife
Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.
March 10, 2004
DAMN Girlll you iz hot ;) I love that new pic..Miss Tangee is DA bomb..I cant wait to get into some more trouble with ya!
February 25, 2004
I LOVE THIS WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 27, 2004
I LOVE THIS WOMAN WITH ALL MY HEART, SOUL AND BLOOD! The many years (8) we've had together and the reuniting of us again tells me that this is a woman with unconditional love and patience for the "DR." and I am very blessed to have her in my life. HERE'S TO US MY DEAREST!!!!!!!
You One and Only,