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Covering Up - What are your defense mechanisms?

By Chardonnay Beaver

I’ve never been a big boxing or wrestling fan. I just can’t get past the logic that justifies violence as quality entertainment. Nonetheless, I don’t despise the training and conditioning boxers endure to win their match. Boxers spend countless hours practicing in hopes of winning. Most elite professionals will spend around 3-5 hours of their day dedicated to training. This could be either boxing training, conditioning, running, or sparring – according to an article in Lineal Boxing, a digital blog for boxing fanatics. Elite boxers have reached such status for two reasons, in my opinion. First, their ability to contend or fight. Second, their ability to avoid getting hit. One technique boxers use to protect themselves is called the cover-up. The cover-up is a defensive move employed by a fighter to avoid getting hit. He or she simply hides beneath and behind their gloves to avoid direct contact from an offensive attack– according to the Title Boxing boxing dictionary. But covering-up isn’t just a defense technique used for boxers. Every day we cover-up. We cover-up to guard ourselves from cruel and unfavorable experiences. For everyday people, covering-up doesn’t look like blocking your face with boxing gloves. Instead, covering-up looks like numbing yourself or suppressing your emotions so you can carry-on one more day. Covering-up is all about an illusion. The illusion of protection isn’t actual protection. Eventually we’ll realize how unpromising our insecurities, fears, and addictions are at guarding us from life's uncertainties. Words of Wisdom by Char of the Week: Self-control and meekness are some of the best guards we can incorporate into our lives. Self-control is self explanatory. Whereas, meekness is abundant with restrictions. I’m not against the act guarding yourself, but am weary of what we guard ourselves with and from. Proverbs 4:23