Facing difficulties

Just this morning as I checked my email I received this message in part from one of my mentors. I could not believe how fitting it was for me at this time.
There’s a great reason not to be anxious about the difficulty you’re facing today – it contains a lesson. And once you master it, you will be much stronger and wiser.
Emmet Fox, wrote, “It is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time, no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most at the moment, to enable you to take the next step forward by overcoming them. The only real misfortune, the only real tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson.”
“No person can be confronted with a difficulty which he has not the strength to meet and subdue… Every difficulty can be overcome if rightly dealt with; anxiety is, therefore, unnecessary. The task which cannot be overcome ceases to be a difficulty and becomes an impossibility… and there is only one way of dealing with an impossibility – namely to submit to it.”
— James Schuller
James Schuller’s words are so incredibly penetrating on this subject because he’s basically saying that there’s no problem that we should be anxious about. We can either solve it or it’s impossible to solve. Kind of reminds you of the Serenity Prayer doesn’t it? “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the Wisdom to know the difference.”
I have said to Mr. Doug on several occaisions over the last week – this is our test – Let us together show what it means to be a black belt. Thank you to everyone who has shown us support this past week.


Young students:

“I show and tell the truth!”

Older students, teens, adults:

Honesty means being straightforward and truthful in words and in actions

BLS Students @ West Annapolis Elementary School

Last year Megan O’ Rourke put on a demonstration of her martial arts skills at her school. This year she was joined by 6 of her fellow classmates; Kaeo, Kalani, Matthew, Zach & Maggie. They worked hard the weeks prior to the show to come out and show their best. I was very happy to be there to support them. Here is a video of their performance and an after show interview!

Kids and Creativity

I have included the word Art in our tag line, first because what we are teaching is an art, but only one art among so many.  I happen to believe that art is one of the most important things that we have as a society.  It does so much for us as humans and especially our children, that when I see it being short changed in the education system, I know that the harmful effects are more than we can imagine.  Here is a short talk that really nailed it on this subject.  
Finally there will be more about our first art show at the studio, that I know I said was off, but I am putting it back in again.  The story on that will be told soon.
I have put this under Peace Education.  I believe that before peace can happen in the world or in our lives, we must know how and be allowed to be creative in our approach to solving conflicts.

Compassion for those we do not know

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, Oscar Arias Sanchez, once said, “The effect of one good-hearted person is incalculable.”  When we use our words and actions in helping someone in need or who is in pain or suffering it does make a difference.  Mother Theresa once said that she showed her love and cared for individuals one at a time.
While it is great to help our friends and family to feel better, there are others who we do not even know that are suffering that we may be able to help.  We may have that nice warm bed and a nice family, plenty to eat, yet some people do not have these things.  What can we do for others, even those we do not know?  When we see someone who is homeless are we willing to look at that person as a person and offer them a smile.
Last year when we hosted the National Coalition for the Homeless, that was one of the things that I really came away with.  The need individuals have to not feel as if they are invisible.  If you saw the video on Pam Dorr she talked about this a little.  How do you think it makes people feel when we are able to give them something that they need?  Have you experienced this?  Even something as simple as a smile is so important as a part of showing compassion.