Life After Dan Testing…

It’s been one week since completing and passing my sixth dan test. I’ve used this week to decompress and reenergize myself for my next goals.

After being focused on one aspect of my life for six months. I’m finding it difficult to get back to “normal.” For example some days I was training for two hours, now that’s cut to one hour. I was taking two classes a week, this week none! I’ve been working on my essays every weekend – Done! What to do with all this extra time?

To say I’m at loose ends would be an understatement. However I’m focusing on my work and my businesses’ charitable works. Making up some time with my friends and family.

Tomorrow I start looking forward and not back…



The proper frame can give an ordinary photograph or painting more depth and substance. On the other hand a poorly framed photograph can lose depth and substance. What am I getting at? Why am I so interested in framing?

I’m not interested in writing about framing photographs (although I enjoy framing photographs). I’m speaking metaphorically, I’m referring to  how we “frame” our thoughts and or beliefs. How our  view on a subject can either create depth or lose substance depending on our perspective. For example, I was informed today that I’m to be tested for my 6th Dan in February. On one hand I could view this as a challenge that my body no longer wants to endure. After all I’m 54 with a number of minor nagging complaints. Do I really need to aggravate these injuries?  On the other hand this is an honor and an opportunity for me to learn to push myself with in my limits and to be an example to my students.

Which leaves me to wonder how many times I’ll be reframing my view from now and until February? I have a feeling it’s going to be a very long winter!