“I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow win.” ~George Foreman
“Only the Shadow knows.” Raspy words whispered in ominous secrecy from various black and white television shows viewed during my childhood. “The Shadow.” Dark, relentless, stalking…an unknown entity lurking, watching, waiting. I have given “The Shadow” a name, Stiff Person Syndrome, SPS.
Life’s light brings out this chronic shadow stepping in tandem with me…always there. SPS loves to spar. Daily engaging me, I block and jab with heavy gloves and tired spirit. Shadow boxing with the darkened image of me, my afflicted body, is living in the boxing ring of SPS. A welcome ring of the bell signals the end of round 11,674 as I retreat to my corner for a brief physical rest, prayer to my Coach, and adjustment strategies.
The bell clangs the beginning of another round as I stagger toward the dancing shadow in the ring. Though bruised, tired, and sometimes against the ropes…I remain undefeated for a knockout count of 10. I am still in the ring.
“It’s less about the physical training, in the end, than it is about the mental preparation: boxing is a chess game. You have to be skilled enough and have trained hard enough to know how many different ways you can counterattack in any situation, at any moment. ” ~Jimmie Smits