February Newsletter

February 2019

NAIL IN THE FENCE

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.” A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care.

Author Unknown

To succeed in life, karate or any endeavor, each person must accept the responsibility to live life each day and strive to improve daily. When one’s temper is not controlled, the outside forces in life take control. The holes in the fence are the gaps in life when others are hurt by our action or inaction. Can we replace friends as easily as we would replace the boards in the fence?   Is this a realistic option, especially if you are that piece of wood?

As Steve Jobs once said “simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean and simple. But it’s worth it in the end because when you get there, you can move mountains.” Once you start, you can succeed in anything you set your mind to. Change your life by eliminating distractions and focusing on the task at hand to streamline your processes and get results.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Skye and Trinity White on their promotion to Junior Green Belt.

 Brown and Black Belts – There will be a training session on Friday, February 15th – starting at 7 PM. Let me know if you will be attending.

 REMINDER OF THE KARATE CLASS SCHEDULE:

            MONDAYS FOR ADULTS – 6:00 to 7:30 PM

 TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS  FOR CHILDREN – YOUNGER CHILDREN STILL 5:45 – 6:46 PM

                        OLDER / ADVANCED CHILDREN STILL 6:30 – 8:00 PM

                        ADULTS STILL 8:00 to 9:30 or 10:00 PM

WEDNESDAYS – WE WILL BE COMBINING ADULT AND CHILDREN’S CLASSES ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS FROM 6:00 TO 7:30 PM.

SATURDAYS – ADULTS – STILL 10:00 to 11:00 AM

                                       CHILDREN – STILL 11:00 AM to NOON

 ALSO – PLEASE WORK TO PAY MONTHLY DUES THE BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH.

THOUGHT 503

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” — Napoleon Hill

THOUGHT 500

“Life is like an apple– what you do with the core when it’s all said and done speaks volumes.” — Doug Firebaugh

THOUGHT 499

“We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” — Abigail Adams

THOUGHT 497

PEDAL

I used to think of God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to

know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there, sort of like a president. I

recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn’t really know Him.

But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike, but it was a

tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it

was He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since I took the back seat to

Jesus, My Lord. Christ makes life exciting. When I had control, I thought I knew the way, but it

was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky

places and at breakneck speeds; it was all I could do to hang on; Even though it often looked like

madness, He said “Pedal!” I was worried and anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?”

He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered

the adventure. And when I’d say, “I’m scared”, He’d lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me

their gifts to take on my journey, our journey, my Lord’s and mine. And we were off again. He

said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we

met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it, but He knows bike

secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten

scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning

to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant Companion.

And when I’m sure I just can’t do any more, He just smiles and says …”Pedal.”

— Author Unknown

THOUGHT 496

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” — Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant