We didn’t just drop out of the sky! Why is it when faced with adversity or a challenge people forget how they arrived? Our paths a full of challenges (growing pains) and each of these experiences arms us for the next. So whether you are facing a black belt test, graduating, moving away, getting in or out of a relationship. Remember how your life’s path has prepared you for this exact moment!
A Universal consciousness is available for us to plug into. Meditate each day and get connected to your spirit. Listen to its voice and remember you’re never alone…
The title may infer, how the cat may wake you by purring into your ear – The neighbor’s car alarm going off – The phone ringing at an early hour and it’s a wrong number. I’m not referring to those rude awakenings. I’m speaking of the sudden realization that one day has arrived…
I encountered this sort of rude awakening in the gym this morning. I over heard two twenty somethings talking about things they want to do before they were fifty! Hell I thought I had that very conversation the other week! Except that week was in 1982!
After the immediate shock and awe,I began to reassess my next thirty years. I’m going to focus less on accumulating things, and more on accumulating experiences. I don’t think at 85 I’m going to regret not owning a BMW – I would regret not going to Germany! To be honest the only “thing” I’ve regretted not buying, was a Rolex when I visited Switzerland in 1982 – I was 25 and it was something I’d do again “one day”. One day has arrived and the exchange rate isn’t 1982 friendly… So I’ll survive without the Rolex and seek more experiences with the people I love. Because when I’m gone it will be the experiences we shared that will be treasured – Not the things I left behind.
So I’ll close with this small visualization; visualize a balance scale on the right place all the things you’ve accumulated .On the left all the experiences you’ve shared. I’m guessing if you’re happy the left out weighs the right. experiencing life, there is an app for that – Its called living!
This week, I’ve been revisiting the experience of teaching Karate Camp. It’s been a number of years since I’ve taught and run a camp. I’m usually in the role of administrator,due to the staffing availability and schedule structure it was easier if I resumed this long time duty. To say I have mixed feelings would be an understatement, I love teaching, but the hours are long and my leg endurance is short. These past two days have been long and hard, but at the same time have invigorated me.
I’ve created a camp from the recesses of my martial art memory. I’ve been sharing things so far from my past that many of my advance students have never practiced or seen. What a gift it has been to teach these wonderful concepts and to share them with such willing students. I’ve learned several things from this process; One children are far more capable than we give them credit for, so don’t dumb down to them. Two revisiting old technique is like re-reading a book or re-watching an old favorite movie – You find something new each time and its fun! Three sharing a part of your past can be an Awesome Present, for you and who you share it with…
Share your gifts, be A Present!