Resist Temptation And Make Something You Are Proud Of

What work are you doing that you are proud of? “There is no human being I can name who can point to a body of work on Twitter and say ‘I am proud of that.’ That means all that time was spent not building a body of work you were proud of and we ought…

Love is a Request Undenied

What would I have missed if I was not willing to pay attention? A few nights ago, as I was writing, my daughter walked past me to go to the bathroom. Less than a minute later, she came back and told me that the house was too dark and she was scared to go to…

As The Group Develops, So Do I

Are you training for yourself or something more? Some activities are individual pursuits, solitary paths for personal enrichment and improvement. Other activities are intended for and best experienced in groups, whether with family, friends, or, in some cases even strangers. Martial arts lie somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. Most often, martial arts are…

Room To Grow

Much like flowers cannot grow in competition with weeds that rob them of water, nourishment, and sunlight, so to do noise, distraction, and other people’s selfish or fleeting priorities smother our creative natures so that we cannot grow and bloom into the truest forms of ourselves. Our creative natures are like seedlings that hold within…

Remembering Who You Will Be Tomorrow

It is easier to know where you want to go when you know where you are from. Certain people are energized by going out, being around people, and experiencing new things. I have never really been one of those types of people. While I enjoy the company of certain people and like having done new…