314. May 19th…It’s like making pearls…..not everybody gets to be the grain of sand…..and live in Tahiti…..

“Sometimes What a Wish Looks Like”  2010

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.” – William Dement

last night was my last class for one of the places I teach karate…..each child was receiving something…a belt stripe…a new belt rank…or a participation medal…it was very interesting to see how they were anticipating what they didn’t know they were getting…some kids voiced to me they are taking karate for the trophies…others are there for the belts…still others are there to protect their families….and what ever they are there for is a good thing….

martial arts is really a lifestyle….when deeply engrossed in training…..people become such a apart of the system…they discover all of the nuances as they appear….and the more they train…the more everything begins to come into focus….at one point in time all of my friends were training…I didn’t know anyone that was not involved in karate in a major way….we’d fight every weekend….train 3-5 days a week….travel all over the country to tournaments….life was about wrist locks and jumping front kicks……and as everyone drifted….from the center…we all took with us a very important parts of what we learned….intertwined them in our lives and created new lives….

martial arts is one example of finding something that engages people….and if I were to pull out the essence of what I’ve learned over the last 20 years of training…I’d have to say it has nothing to do with wrist locks and jumping front kicks…..really nothing to do with karate at all…..more that devotion and dedication to something I enjoy…..really makes the activity easy to assimilate into a lifestyle…..

anything we choose to do…especially those things we genuinely migrate to on some level deeper than mere curiosity…is a gold mine in the long term…there are so many thing we can glean from spending our lives learning what we want to learn…we become experts…..maybe even put initials after our names….real or fake…..there is something about being a quiet authority on something…having that recall of something of interest…that shows where we like to hover…..sort of keeping track on how you do each afternoon with Alex Trebeck and Jeopardy………

and I guess what intrigues me is how we decide what porch light we choose to fly around……there are a lot of them….

I look at the students in each of my classes and ask myself….what will that young boy become in life…what will he thrive to learn…or what does she really want to do when she gets older…and will she do it……will anyone of them be a great____________________________. what initials will they put after their names…and what will they have learned in their lifetimes……what kind of experts and authorities will they become…..

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