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Everyone needs daily doses of Inspiration! As a yoga teacher, I especially love the word Inspiration. It means:
2. Something inspired, as an idea.
3. To influence or animate with an idea or purpose.
I am blessed and so very grateful that I met an incredible man named Barry Becker, who has inspired me beyond belief. He is my boxing trainer.
Barry, whatever you saw in me that day I was wrestling on the beach with the Fireman before I started boxing, thank you for seeing it and bringing it out in me. Learning to believe in myself is a priceless gift! I owe you so much and I don't think I'll ever be able to repay you! Thank you for what you've given me! I want you to know that you have been the biggest influence in my life, besides my son. You have made an impression in my life and the memories will last forever. I will never forget and am SO grateful for...
I remember the
argument we had one night after a workout (the only one we ever
all of a sudden, you blurted out "You know what your problem is. Your problem is that you don't believe in
yourself!" I don't think you noticed how
those words rocked me. It was like you
were reading my heart so intimately. I,
like everyone in the world at some point in their life, was really
with self-esteem issues, and you saw it!
No one else saw it. Everyone
thought I was so brave, thought I could do anything, try anything,
thought I was
afraid of nothing! Being successful in
boxing was a great cover that hid my insecurity really well from most
people. But you saw my fears, you saw my
insecurity. And because of your patience
and constant reinforcement, you, a pair of boxing gloves, and a
punching bag became
the necessary reconstruction of my self esteem.
Of course, God orchestrated for you and I to even meet, so
God gets credit
I will never forget the look in your blue, blue eyes, on many occasions, when you leaned down in front of me, stared straight into my eyes, almost through me, and said "Sumya, you can do this. I know you can do this!" That fire in your blue eyes, the sound of your voice, and the absolute confidence in your words will be an image in my mind forever. I love those baby blues! That fire in your blue eyes will drive me to be the best I can be, in everything I pursue, as long as I live!
I think about the 1946 Christmas movie "It's A Wonderful Life," starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. Remember, he gets so depressed and wishes he was never born! Then his wish is granted, and the entire movie shows what other people's lives would have been like if he was never born. Sometimes I think about how my life would be without you, Barry...and I can't!! I just can't see it. I would be scared to see it. You have made that BIG of an impression in my life! Thank you!
Saying thank you just doesn't seem enough for all that you have done for me. I never made the money in boxing to buy you the corvette you always wanted, and I probably wouldn't have bought it anyway unless they came up with a hybrid corvette. Ha-ha... So I finally figured out that the only way I can even try to repay you is to try to be that inspiration for others. This gift I received, I must now give back to others. (It's recycling... See, how many times have I told you about the importance of recycling! We all have to do our part to save the planet! You have a lot to learn from me too, ya know!)
So, I dedicate
all my future motivational lectures to you. You are and will
always be my
Inspiration and the person that rekindled my inner spirit! Thank
you!! I will never forget you. You have changed my
the better! I love you! I love you
with every inspiration I take! The B vitamin's are the
vitamins. The B has to stand for Barry! You have been my
vitamin for the last 11 years! Becoming a 4X world champion
means nothing compared to having been
blessed to know a man named Barry Becker.
Thank you for the daily dose of YOU!! You
mean so much to
Any dream or
goal that I accomplish is because of you.
I want you to know that you are the one that lit the fire
in me. Thank you for bursting my inner
flame! The 'Spirit of Chance' sent
you to push me from behind. I can't believe how lucky I
you Barry! Thank you God!
And thank you Mama Ann!
Brawler' Becker...You are the bravest man I know! You
are the sweetest man I know! Your mama
should have told me that sometimes,
you can even be the meanest man I know.
Ha-ha! Yea, don't go getting
big ole' head thinking that you're soooooo wonderful.
You may be wonderful, but you're not
perfect! I could write another letter
detailing all the ways you irritate me too!
Ha-ha! Just remember the
I've always known
and have always told you that you coulda' been the lightweight champion
world! Well, scratch that!
Barry, you are The Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of my world!
so much appreciation and love,
Sumya "Barry's Bombshell" Anani
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