I just wanted to speak to a bit of nuance as it pertains to that statement. “Actions speak louder than words” is a cliche that we are very familiar with. I believe it largely to be true. But I believe that the expression “Actions DEFINE Your Words” speaks to a deeper level of truth. In our endeavors, let’s try to let our actions DEFINE us instead of merely speaking for us. Be well, Be blessed, Be safe!
Age is just a number………. I KNOW! I KNOW! I hate it also, but it is true. I am in my forties feeling better than I have in the past 10 years. I got serious about taking care of myself, and providing an example for my students. I have been an active hater of that cliche for a long time, but age is linked to MENTAL limitations, LONG before it becomes actual physical limitations. There are TOO MANY examples of folks who do NOT let there age define them. Ernestine Shepard is my favorite example. While not a body-building fan, I cannot help but feel inspired by her. ( Look her up ) Helio Gracie, Jack Lalanne, Carlos Gracie, Ernie Reyes Sr. Keiko Fukuda and MANY more refused to let age define them, and we shouldn’t either. LET’S GET ON THE BALL PEOPLE!
Courage is most often defined as: the ability to do something that frightens one. Or, strength in the face of pain or grief.
These are very good, classical explanations. For some reason, when people think of courage it is is often involving fire-fighters or war veterans or people who disarm a would-be robber. Now, those can work fine and dandy. But on a daily, personal level, I don’t think that those are the definitions that we should be applying to ourselves. I think that courage is merely an honest assessment of our lives, and the ways that we address them.
We are on a path of life-long improvement. I think that it would behoove us to remove all grandeur from the definition and focus on ourselves in the micro sense of the word. We are all powerful and amazing beyond belief. Let’s look at ourselves, our truths, and address them honestly.
I just wanted to remind you that there is no easy way to be a success. Success is something that each person defines themselves, but whatever it may be to you, it will NOT be easy. The basketball hall of famer Larry Bird was credited for one of the best shots in the NBA. Which he deserved. But also shot 500 shots a morning BEFORE going to school every day. NO SHORTCUTS! People see the success, but not the blood sweat and tears that make it happen. One day of effort after the next. That is the only way!
I just wanted to say that despite what your parents may have said to you ( and you may have said it as a parent as well ) sometimes selective hearing is a good thing. I mean that we should not listen to the people that tell you why what you are doing isn’t going to work. OR maybe that the way THEY are doing it is soooo much better. Chuan Fit and our Martial Arts and Movement Mission is NOT for everyone. Let’s stay the course, focus, and all of the Chuan Fit benefits will enrich your life. I promise. Be Well!
I just wanted to reach out and remind you that life style changes do NOT come with a stopwatch. What we need to learn is to EMBRACE THE PROCESS! If we do not fall in love with the struggle itself, then we start to HATE when we do not get the results we want, or the results as quickly as we want them.
Immerse yourself in the process of improvement. As a man who empowers through Martial Arts and Movement, I unlock the human body with a series of movements that while difficult, are very fulfilling. I mean that both physically and mentally. There is NO clock from this moment to our last, at least in terms of progress. You may not improve 100% in one day, but you might progress 1% in 100 different ways. Be blessed ,and have an amazing day!
Now, when I say that, I don’t mean any type of disrespect at all. I am merely suggesting that you take a look at what you are doing health-wise, and be content with the choices that you have made. There are literally DOZENS of methods out there to choose from. The only ones that matter are the ones that you enjoy, and the ones that you will stick with. I can tell you all about Paleo, Cross-Fit, Tabata Protocols TRX, Pilates, Yoga, Reiki, FeldenKreis, Piloxing, and the list goes on and on. The only things that should matter to you is whether or not your chosen method is working for you, and whether or not you enjoy it.
It is quite easy to be overwhelmed by the zillion choices that are out there. But don’t fall into that game folks. What works for other people works for other people. They likely have a whole different set of needs and wants than you do. Just stay focused, stay the course, and good things will happen. Have an amazing day!