Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The things that matter.

A close friend of mine lost a family member a few days ago.  Sometimes it takes a sad event to remind us of what's really important.  Health, family and friends.  We should never lose sight of this.

As for martial arts training,  your priorities should remain the same.  Train to stay healthy and to protect those you care about.  And remember, the point of learning how to defend yourself is to make sure you return safely to those you love.

My friend's loss reminded me to let go of all those little things that bug me but don't really matter, and to focus in on the things that count.  A great lesson, and one that I hope I can retain without needing another sad event to remind me.

Remember what and who is important to you.  It's for them that we train.

Train with clarity and a proper spirit.


  1. Thoughts are with you Journeyman. I've try and take a Dr Suess (an unexpectedly philisopher) quote to heart during these times: 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.' Having said that, I fully endorse your refocus on the 'things that really matter'. I'm having to apply that to my life at the very moment.

  2. That may be one of best quotes I've ever read. Who knew the good doctor was so wise. Great advice for us all, me thinks.