OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

LIVING A WORTHWILE LIFE BY BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND A POSITIVE MIND SET OR LIVE WITHIN MEDIOCRITY

Doing things the same way every day is the fast track to mediocrity. Positive change is about adapting and evolving continually. We are what we repeatedly do, read and think. Accepting change brings us closer to being our BEST SELF. Build successful habits because habits are difficult to break. Whether good or bad – it takes persistence to create successful habits. Approach problems as an opportunity to become responsible and create a different reality that could not have been predicted. Take the initiative to develop your mind to positively approach problems. There may be a learning experience through each life’s challenge. Positive thought, with an appropriate perspective, may help build a strong – productive – life.

ZIGGY, the comic strip character, and numerous real individuals have climbed the mountains of the world seeking a challenge – to find the secrets to life. TODAY I will go out on the limb – out onto that rocky cliff to share with you “THE HIDDEN SECRETS FOR HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS”.   

SECRET # 1 – LIFE STARTS AT THE BEGINNING AND PROCEEDS EACH DAY TO AN UNKNOWN END. IF YOU GET CONFUSED START WITH WHAT YOU KNOW.

           Tennyson says in “Ulysses” that no man is an island, we are a part of the main, we are all a part of \each other, we are a part of everyone that we meet and we must not rust from being unused.

                Shakespeare says in “Hamlet” – “We know what we are but we know not what we may be.”

                The key to happiness is to live each day with enthusiasm, look for the good in everyone and expect it, love what you do and share that love.

SECRET # 2 – STEMS FROM A CHILD’S GAME OR IS IT? – –

                Do you remember playing “hide and seek?” I enjoyed it as a child and I liked playing it with my own children. You know how it works. One player closes his eyes and counts in a loud voice to some designated number. All the other players run and attempt to find a place to hide. When the counter finishes counting, he calls out, “Ready or not here I come!” and begins to try to find all those who are hiding. 

                When playing “hide and seek,” what kind of a hiding spot did you want to find? Most of us wanted the perfect place where no one could find us. But, did you ever find a spot that was so good, you could not be found? What did you begin to do after several minutes of not being discovered? You called out, made some noise, whistled, or threw something. Why did you do this? Because you had hidden in a spot that was so good, it was boring! You wanted to do something to bring a little excitement back into the game.

                Some students are still playing hide and seek. They seek a place that is safe and secure and then hide there. “Hiding” is also being done by those who pretend to be putting forth an effort but are not truly trying to do their work completely, with enthusiasm and focused concentration. They do their school work with a lackluster effort. Over time, some people discover that these hiding places are so excessively safe, that they are boring. There is no excitement and little chance of being discovered, developed, or challenged. At some point, these people will make a decision to remain safely hidden or to make some noise. If they are content with being mediocre, they are happy. If they want to succeed and improve, they must decide to get involved, work on their own and make a commitment to shine through use.

                A good high school or college class room is the gathering place for individuals who don’t want to spend their lives hiding. It attracts those who want to make some noise, take some risks, and taste success. These people are doing more than becoming part of the easy way.   They are making a statement that they want to be active players in the game of life. It is a moment of boldness and courage. These people deserve to be respected. These students deserve our finest help and best assistance as they take continued steps on a journey that will wonderfully change their lives.

                ARE YOU BORED? ARE YOU ENERGIZED AND ENTHUSED WHEN THINKING ABOUT GOING TO SCHOOL OR WORK? NOW YOU HAVE A PROBABLE REASON WHY! ! !            

SECRET # 3 – GROWTH MEANS CHANGE AND CHANGE INVOLVES RISKS, STEPPING FROM THE KNOWN TO THE UNKNOWN 

To improve and succeed – Do the little things right and the BIG things will take care of themselves.  

                A martial art’s instructor- Mr. Karl – in the 1960’s said “To learn we must know that there is WISDOM to be learned – Knowledge to be gained. WE must create the Will to learn adding the INTENTION to learn and ENTHUSIASM.” 

                In Japanese, the word ‘dojo’ means a training hall or gymnasium where the Martial Arts are practiced. Its more literal translation means, ‘the place of the way’ or ‘a place of awakening’.   Exploring is the awakening. It is insight into the way things are because life has limitations. Life’s order is according to the laws of nature. If one conforms to these laws, an inner harmony will be sensed. 

                Find a life that cherishes the SUN and leave the SHADOWS of mediocrity. It is YOUR life after all. How do you wish to live? OH, by the way, you may share these “secrets”.

 

When an elephant is born into captivity, the owner ties the animal to a tree or post with a thick chain to prevent the 250-pound infant from escaping. During the first few weeks of his life, the small elephant tests the chain that binds him, again and again, in an attempt to free himself and wander as his nature urges him to do. His efforts, however, are no match for steel links. Over the course of a few weeks, he eventually learns that his resources are no match for the hardiness of the chain. He gives up any further attempts to free himself, and thus relegates himself to a life within a small circle. As an adult elephant conditioned by a past experience, he can now be tethered to a small tree with the thinnest of ropes or, in some cases, no rope at all. He makes no attempts to wander because he carries with him, for life, the belief that he does not possess the power to break the ties that bind him. The adult elephant could easily snap the rope or uproot the tree to which it is attached, but he makes no such effort, because early in life, he was taught that true freedom was not available to him. For the remainder of his life, he is tame and nothing like the captivating, powerful creature he was born to be. Can you sympathize with this elephant? Do you feel your life has been shackled by what you were conditioned to believe when you were young? Maybe the conditioning was even more recent than that. The time has come to unchain the elephant. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLE WHO EARNED PROMOTIONS SINCE OUR LAST NEWSLETTER!

Maddy RidgeJunior Yellow Belt – – Trevor Brown, Daniel TankelJunior Orange Belt – – Izzy DonicaJunior Green Belt #1 – – Tristen ChristianoJunior Green Belt #2 – – Abby Brown, Mikey Donica, Nic Curcio, Smyan Chinnam – Junior Purple Belt #1 – – Jake Brader – Brown Belt #2 – – Carolyn Kulick – Brown Belt #1 – – Thomas Schroeder – First Degree Black Belt – – Scott Conroy, Robert Kulick, Kristyn Wheeler, Shirley Zavala – Second Degree Black Belt – – Cassandra Brown – Sixth Degree Black Belt

As is evident through the above promotions, our school is doing well. A great deal of individual dedication has been demonstrated through earning advancements. The instructors take a great deal of pride in their efforts to help student learn. It is the student’s responsibility to take what is said and demonstrated and apply the teachings of the instructors. The students who do pay attention and apply what is said – – learn more quickly and thus earn advancement more quickly. An instructor should not have to repeat the same correction to form numerous times. If this happens it means the student is not listening or paying attention to the important details of basics, stances and advanced techniques.

THOUGHT 325

So what do we do? Anything – something. So long as we don’t just sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”    Lee Iacocca

THOUGHT 324

“Don’t argue for other people’s weaknesses. Don’t argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it – immediately.”  Stephen R. Covey

THOUGHT 323

“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to.” George E. Allen

THOUGHT 322

“In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.”

Harold S. Kushner