Whether you are alone or with someone it doesn’t matter, put Love in your heart and embrace the world.
Whether you are alone or with someone it doesn’t matter, put Love in your heart and embrace the world.
We live in a sensitive world. That doesn’t make it right. Below are 5 things people say almost daily that most people find “acceptable”. That doesn’t make it right. I was raised in a sticks-and-stones household. I went to a sticks-and-stones high school. For some the term sticks-and-stones may be a foreign concept, that is sad. For you, it means that “sticks and stones” (and fists and feet) will hurt me. Words only have the power I assign to them. It means be a Man and get a thick skin, actions speak louder than words. It also means be truthful, honest and responsible or you will be called out.
Sadly this is a nearly dead culture in America today, I would guess in most of the world too. Still not understanding what I am getting at? Here are 5 things you should never say or think, but they are very prevalent in society today. If you are a Karate practitioner, you should be familiar with this list, if you aren’t your training may not be complete or your Sensei finds them acceptable.
“I can’t do that.”
If somebody had said this he would’ve found himself challenged and forced to the attempt and success. Unless a physical handicap is present, replace your “can” or “can’t,” with “will” or “won’t.” There’s always a way. Find it.
“Sorry I’m late.”
You don’t hear this in a culture of accountability because expectations are set, and if they’re not met then there are repercussions. Not to say that expectations don’t change, but it’s not for a lack of effort in fulfilling them.
“I’m sorry I hurt your feelings.”
Seriously, Feelings? What’s that?
“I don’t know.”
While admitting uncertainty is perfectly fine, the statement alone leaves much to be desired. Instead, try saying “I don’t know yet, but I’ll find out and get back to you.” This latter part is what demonstrates a proactive mindset and a willingness to work, rather than leaving your ambition open to interpretation.
“Let’s talk this out.”
There is nothing like the camaraderie. Nothing else even comes close to paralleling the tight bond, unity and cohesion found amongst men you train with. Having said that, some people just need a good whoopin’ once in a while to keep egos in check, and fellow students and friends are no different. Confronting difficult issues and learning from them is what turns mediocrity into greatness.
Thanks to this article for giving me the basis for this post.
In celebration of Today, the 4th or July, I thought I would share some quotes from the men who sacrificed so much that we could be a free and independent people. Between hot dogs and backyard games, we should all take a moment to reflect on the words and actions of these men everyday but especially on this day.
“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”
— John Adams
“The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!”
— Patrick Henry
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves… and include all men capable of bearing arms.”
— Richard Henry Lee
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”
— Thomas Jefferson
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good”
— George Washington
This week Target’s interim CEO, John Mulligan, announced “starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.“.
It seems Target’s new CEO is trying to have his cake and eat it too! He seems to be pandering to the Anti-Second Amendment crowd with language they can interpret as they want; or if they aren’t that blind then they see this as a step in the right direction.
Despite Moms Demand Action and Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun group very quick Victory Dance and viral comments, they seem to have lost their ability to understand basic English. That or Target’s Interim CEO doesn’t understand the words he is using. From the above “respectfully request” is merely a request not a real ban…right? Luckily someone decided to ask Target to clarify, according to The Columbian,
Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, said the retailer will not post signs at its stores asking people not to bring guns inside. “It is not a ban,” she said. “There is no prohibition.” She said the company decided to make this statement after hearing from people on all sides of this issue.
I have to say this is probably the biggest non-story ever, yet everyone seems so excited. I mean Target might as well have announced they are changing their logo from white and red pattern to a red and white pattern! Fortunately, absolutely nothing has changed and you can still carry your legal self-defense weapon while shopping.
Since this story is a great opening to discuss the effectiveness of guns for self-defense/preservation. And the Anti-Second Amendment crowd always seems to fall back to the “that is what we have police for” argument, followed by plugging their ears and repeating, “nah nah I can’t hear you“. We have to be honest, the Anti-Second Amendment “supporters” are using emotional arguments that do not hold up to logic. Unfortunately not many people use critical thinking and get caught up in the emotions of “gun violence”. This is nothing new, manipulators use emotions to motivate/influence a crowd. But what about the claim that we do not need to protect ourselves, because we have a dedicated Police Force?
If that is so true, why do most Police departments hold or sponsor Self-Defense classes? To really see how often people need their Second Amendment Rights to protect and preserve themselves, check this out… Here is the Proof that the Right to Bear Arms is a matter of life or death: Great Map of Incidents where Privately Owned Guns Save Lives
The Way we should live but usually don’t. As Martial Artists we are supposed to be role models, we usually are not. Like so many we do things for selfish reasons. We miss the multitude of opportunities God sends our way to do those small (and big) things and improve the lives of our fellow man. Selfish. Any discipline requires some denial of the self, be it diet to lose weight or not watching TV so you can practice that kata or technique a few more times. If only we would apply that same sacrifice in our dealings with others. The noise of the modern world seduces us so we can ignore those small important acts of kindness and love which help us grow and find internal peace. What surprised me was the fact that it was a TVC Thai Life Insurance commercial/public service announcement that inspired me to reflect on this very fact…
Who did you help today?
This is an interesting interview with John Wayne, from 1975. It is interesting because what he says in directly applicable to current events. The Duke speaks to the tactics used by liberals then and still in use today. Yes, John Wayne is something of a hero for me. Yes, John Wayne wasn’t his real name; the audio is important for what he says, not necessarily who is saying it.
LANGUAGE WARNING, the audio contains some swears and curses that may not be appropriate for children.
The audio starts out with this quote… “Hell yes, I’m a liberal. I listen to both sides before I make up my mind. Doesn’t that make you a liberal? Not in today’s terms, it doesn’t. These days, you have to be a fucking left-wing radical to be a liberal. Politically, though … I’ve mellowed.”
Another great John Wayne quote:
“I’m quite sure that the concept of a Government-run reservation… seems to be what the socialists are working for now — to have everyone cared for from cradle to grave…. But you can’t whine and bellyache ’cause somebody else got a break and you didn’t, like those Indians are. We’ll all be on a reservation soon if the socialists keep subsidizing groups like them with our tax money.”- John Wayne
Some quotes to give us all something to ponder…
“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it, and hell where they already have it.”
“Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.”
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”
“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”
“I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress..”
“The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”
“Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”
“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”
“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it, and if it stops moving, subsidize it”
“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.”
“No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”
“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.”
Our actions have consequences and those consequences impact lives. I have seen families destroyed, friends dead, and crippled. Recently a friend was seriously injured as the result of someone else’s actions. Recovering from surgery his life may never be the way it was. Fortunately in this case no children were involved. Consequences impact lives, sometime those of innocent bystanders. This 1 minute video should give us all pause to reflect on the consequences of our actions.
Notice there is plenty of blame to go around, actions, consequences.
There are no rules in a fight, we ask who won, not who fought the best…After all; all is fair in love and war.
As most of my students know I rarely look at them when we are sparring. I look past them, to their sides, up or down, I have my reasons but initially the students see this as a weakness, they quickly learn it is actually my advantage. Since I didn’t have time for a long post today I thought I’d use the following graphic to demonstrate what I mean.
Plus I find this insanely funny, just makes me giggle every time! Perhaps I should get some more sleep…
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