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DISCOVER THE POWER YOU’VE ALWAYS HAD Sensei Sevenish’s Advice for DealingWith Stress
Once I completed my two weeks of fasting, I flew out to Little Rock to see my master. My skin had turned a little bit yellow. I was tired and hungry. So, when I sat down in a chair in front of his desk, I must’ve been slumping. “Sit up straight!” he shouted angrily.
T o become a taekwondo master, my teacher wouldn’t only test my technical skills. He gave me a test I never expected: “I want you to fast for two weeks.” “Eat nothing,” he told me. I could drink as much water as I wanted and have a bit of salt, but that was it. I thought, “Shouldn’t I be tested on my technique?” I didn’t ask, but at first, I wondered. Someone asked me recently if this experience was stressful. As a personal injury lawyer, stress is very relevant to what we do, but it’s also relevant to the rest of our lives. How we react to stress can affect everything, and with what the nation is going through, it may affect some of us just a little more every day. First, I think it’s important to recognize that there’s positive and negative stress. Stress can push us to achieve incredible things. But sometimes, stress can push us down too, especially when we feel like we don’t have control. The first week of fasting was stressful. Why weren’t my technical skills enough to prove that I could be a master? The frustration and the fasting were very difficult — but it didn’t stay that way. The pressure turned into positive stress as soon as I took control again when I realized that this wasn’t a question of my skills. It was a question of my integrity and character.
I immediately fix my posture. He started walking around me, and his face got very close to mine. He even started sniffing me. He was a true master because even if I had showered, I realized that he could smell whether I had cheated during my two weeks. I hadn’t. I passed. After two more days of fasting, I felt my body become even stronger. There was physical conditioning that came with the fasting, and I never would’ve realized or experienced it without being tested this way. Finally, my first meal came after 16 days. He rewarded me with a hearty meal of steak, potatoes, and green beans. Of course, it was all in processed baby food form because solid foods would’ve made me severely ill after fasting for two weeks. But that’s beside the point. I know the biggest difference between that story and my clients is that I had the choice to put myself through that. Often, my clients have their choice robbed from them, and their entire lives are changed.
experience can be at first, you have so much power within you that you don’t even know about. Of course, you can’t predict what’s going to happen when you’re going through something new and painful, and that can be very overwhelming. But, that doesn’t mean we have to allow bad things to get worse for us. That’s why my team at Sevenish Law Firm aims to take the burden off your back as much as possible so that you don’t even have to think about the legal process while fighting your own battles to get your life back on track. There might be instances where we need you to comply and call an insurance agent, but we work as hard as possible to make sure you’re ready for the next step. If you feel alone, you’re getting this newsletter because I want you to know we’re fighting right beside you. Experiencing stress doesn’t mean you’re helpless. People are more powerful than ever when there’s something pushing us, even if we can’t control what that is. Be safe and healthy, my friends, and have a wonderful June.
–Randall “Randy” Sevenish
But I did find something through that experience. No matter how stressful an
That made me think: “I’ll show you. I can do this.”
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