“Patience is a virtue.”
We have all heard this before but often it is easier said than done.
Life is a journey of peaks and valleys.
When we are at the height of one of the peaks we feel great;
but when we are in the shadow of a valley we itch for that quick fix
that will get us back on top again.
If it were as simple as snapping your fingers for everything to get back
to normal then we all would be “shiny, happy people”
But, as the commercial says…”We don’t live in Perfect.”
So what does it mean to approach life’s problems with patience and how
does karate teach us this? No one gets a Black Belt in a day…it takes time and effort
to accomplish this goal. When it is achieved it is not about the cloth around your waist
but the experience of getting there that matters. If it were as easy as snapping your fingers
then how much true appreciation would you have for Black Belt and what it stands for?
What value would there be in it if there was not a high price to pay for it?
This is how Kenpo teaches patience.
As we say at our Black Belt Tests…”When I get my Black Belt I can do anything.” This is true.
If you have the patience and perseverance to get a Black Belt in Kenpo then truly you can
face whatever challenges life brings your way with the same patience and perseverance.
Makes sense to me. Remember, it is not the end result that is important but what it took
to get that result that matters. It is the primacy of the process…it is a journey of personal growth and development.
“…let us lay aside every weight and sin which doth so easily beset us
And let us run, with patience, the race that is set before us.” —Hebrews 12:1
Take care and see you in class…
6th Degree Black Belt
AKKA Karate USA – Independence
4420 S Noland Rd Ste B
Independence, MO 64055