I wasn’t feeling like anyone’s knight in shining armor

“I was whining about the various ailments and injuries that have accrued over a lifetime spent in the military – I told this to my God daughter and wife over dinner. I am a beat up old soldier and certainly “no knight in shining armor”…she and my wife both smiled and we continued eating dinner…the politics of the day had me in a mood…I was home, safe, warm, and eating dinner with my family.

Anyway – True, sent me this – It dawned on me just how lucky and honored I am to have such smart women looking out for me…and keeping me grounded.

A Knight in Shining Armor

There is a Japanese phrase “OSU” which is essentially a Zen concept re-emphasizing that to be “here and now” in this moment are important concepts that allow us to be at peace. I knew this lesson and had forgotten…reminders are present everyday – as to how lucky I truly am.

“Sometimes the student becomes the teacher”


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Dane Harden

Colonel Dane Harden holds numerous Black belt ratings and instructor certifications in Tae kwon do, Yoshinkan Aikido, and Goshindo sword. Sensei Harden owns and operates Western Masters Martial Arts, Inc. with locations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. He is also a medical professional and an Army Veteran with numerous combat deployments.