THOUGHT 461

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

 

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Talking negatively about a person doesn’t define who THEY are.  It defines who YOU are.  Myron Wideman

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“Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self discipline until you create a positive mental attitude – your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.”    Napoleon Hill

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If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. ~Desmond Tutu

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“Meaningful success needs a very personal definition. It is built from the inside out. The success of others has nothing to do with your own success.”  Dennis Waitley

APRIL NEWSLETTER

April 2018

 

Remember that our 33rd Benefit Tournament is at Hackettstown High School on April 22nd. Pre-register and save money. Registration the day of the event is from 8:30 to 9:45 or when the person’s event runs. We generally are completely done by 3PM. We can use help in a number of area during the day. See me or Mrs. Hughes.

 

     DOJO FEES WILL BE IN EFFECT APRIL 2018 or when the multi-month plan completes

                        Please pay the beginning of each month

 

PER WEEK      1 STUDENT       2 STUDENTS     3 STUDENTS

 1 CLASS            $60.00                   $110.00                     $140.00

 2 CLASSES     $90.00                    $145.00                     $220.00

 3 CLASSES     $100.00                  $170.00                     $250.00

 3 MONTHS (1class)   $155.00    $285.00                     $380.00

 3 MONTHS (2 classes) $225.00  $400.00            $610.00

THE CHURCH IS USING THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR PRAYER MEETINGS ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, WE WILL BE COMBINING ADULT AND CHILDREN’S CLASSES ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS FROM 6:00 TO 7:30 PM.

 WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE CLASSES:

     MONDAYS FOR ADULTS – 6:30 to 8:00 PM 

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS    FOR CHILDREN – YOUNGER CHILDREN STILL 5:45 – 6:46 PM                                         OLDER / ADVANCED CHILDREN STILL 6:30 – 8:00 PM   ADLTS 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

 

In the chaos of everyday life, we often find ourselves spending most of our time on things that matter least. At the end of our lives, what our bank account was, the type of house we lived in, or the kind of car we drove will not be important…but the world may be different because of the core values we held true.

“It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it that makes all the difference.”

~ John Mason, author.

Learn to deal with negative feedback, be open to change, set deadlines, hang on to your dreams like a bulldog, and so much more! You’ve been endowed with a certain mixture of abilities and opportunities that makes you unique. No mixture is insignificant. There’s something within each of us crying out to be above average and extraordinary.

 Unlock and unleash your full potential.

“Anyone can do it.” Step number one is to have an intense burning desire for your goal. If you have that, you are ready to get started.

“What I found was that these ideas work everywhere, for everyone, in virtually every country, no matter what your education, experience, or background may be when you begin.” ~ Brian Tracy

 “Is your life half-empty or half-full? What if I chose to find and embrace the silver linings, the life lessons in disguise? What if I chose to let go of the baggage I have been carrying around? The choice in perception makes all the difference.” ~ John J. Murphy

We are all blessed with an opportunity to bring greater joy and prosperity to this world. The hand we are dealt simply makes life interesting. The secret to it all is in how we perceive things. Is your life “half-empty” or “half-full”? More importantly, what is even “in your glass,” and how long have you been holding on to it?

 

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May you have warm words on a cold evening, 
A full moon on a dark night, 
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

Irish blessing

MARCH NEWSLETTER

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED THE GOLDEN RULE KARATE TOURNAMENT.

Kristyn Wheeler – 3rd Kata  Cristina McDonald – 3rd Sparring Jake Brader – 2nd Kata   Sammy Heinrich 1st Kata, 3rd Sparring                  Daniel Tankel – 4th Kata, 2nd Sparring   Rachael Tankel – 4th Kata   Trinity White – 3rd Kata   Madeline Ridge – 3rd Kata, 1st Sparring

The following competed but did not place – Ralphie Donica   Michael Donica   Izzy Donica   Skye White

Congratulations to Angie Gongalves for her promotion to junior green belt #2.

REMEMBER TO SAVE THE DATE – – – SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd

IT IS THE DATE FOR OUR 33rd BENEFIT TOURNAMENT AT HACKETTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

Please take a few of the dojo flyers and place them in stores to help us advertise and recruit new students. Thank You!

 

Bull’s Eye by Brian Tracy is a story of persistence, concentration and clarity that transforms professional and personal wishes into attainable goals. The lessons shared will inspire you to refine your aspirations into measurable actions. Empower yourself to elevate from a dreamer to a lifelong achiever. When you take a precise approach to your passion, you will discover that hitting the bull’s eye is an act of perseverance, not chance. As Zig Ziglar said, “The fact is that you can’t hit a target that you can’t see.” Unless you are perfectly clear about what you want—your target, and the bull’s-eye on that target—you will never be able to win championships in the great contest of life.

What Is Your Target?

According to Lewis Carroll, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

Thomas Carlyle once wrote, “A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road.”

The greater clarity you have about who you are— your likes and dislikes, what you want, your goals and objectives—the greater progress you will make under even the most difficult of circumstances.

Determine the Consequences

In time management, one of the best ways to set priorities is to think about the likely consequences of doing or not doing a task. Successful people are those who spend most of their time on tasks and activities that have big potential consequences. They can have a real impact or influence on the future. Unsuccessful, unhappy people instead spend most of their time doing things of little or no consequence at all.

The quality of your thinking has the greatest consequences of all. The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your choices and decisions. Your choices and decisions determine the actions you take. And the actions you take determine the quality and quantity of your results.

The Law of Probability

Your goal should be to achieve the highest levels of success possible in every area of your life that is important to you. Fortunately, you have tremendous control over what happens to you and what you accomplish. By doing certain things in a certain way, over and over, you can dramatically increase the likelihood that you are going to enjoy high income and live an exciting life. There is a much higher probability that you will hit your personal bull’s-eyes.

Here is an example: The Law of Probability says there is a probability that everything can happen and that these probabilities can be calculated with tremendous accuracy. One of the greatest discoveries is that you can increase the probability of success in any field by doing more of the things other successful people do.

Hoping for the Best

People wish and hope and dream about a “big score.” They try a dozen or a hundred different things. They keep throwing darts at the dartboard of life. But eventually, most people give up and simply settle for mediocrity. They conclude that they are “not good enough” and that they will never have the skill and ability to hit the bull’s-eye in the game of life.

Increase the Probabilities

But what if this same player takes a different strategy? What if he becomes serious about hitting a bull’s-eye and winning in the game of life? He hires an expert at the game of darts and takes some of the best training available to a person in this sport. Instead of being distracted, tired, and having a couple drinks, he is instead well rested and clearheaded. The dartboard is well lit and only a few feet away. Now, what are his chances of hitting the target? They are much better because of his preparation and positioning. What if he also has an endless supply of darts and continues to throw the darts, measuring and calibrating his accuracy with each throw, correcting his stance and his throwing, and persistently throws darts over and over again?

Winning Is Predictable

Under these conditions, the chance is almost 100 percent that he will eventually hit the bull’s-eye. And once he hits it, if he continues to practice and improve his aim, he will eventually be able to hit bull’s-eye after bull’s-eye in the great game of life. It is the same with you. You can dramatically increase your chances of hitting your bull’s-eyes in life if you do the same things that champions do in your field, over and over.

The key is clarity. You must develop absolute clarity about who you are, what you really want, and the steps you will have to take to achieve what you want to achieve and to get to where you want to go.

WE DO THE SAME THINGS THE LONGER WE STAY WITH OUR ISSHIN-RYU TRAINING. WE TRAIN BY REPEATING OUR BASICS, KATA AND KIMITE SKILLS DURING EACH CLASS. ONCE A PERSON COMMITS AND HAS A CLEAR PURPOSE, SUCCESS IS THE NEXT STEP. IT IS OFTEN EASIER TO DO TECHNIQUES THE CORRECT WAY FROM THE START. THAT WAY WE DO NOT HAVE TO STOP AND RELEARN THE PROPER FORM FOR EXECUTION. AT THE TOURNAMENT IN WARREN HILLS I WAS A HEAD JUDGE. DURING A SPARRING MATCH A GIRL SAID SHE WAS GOING TO LOSE BECAUSE SHE WAS PAIRED WITH A LARGER GIRL A YEAR OLDER. I TOLD HER THE COMPETITION WASN’T DONE AND IF SHE TRIED SHE MIGHT SURPRISE HERSELF. SHE LOST THE FIRST POINT BUT WON THE NEXT THREE, WINNING THE MATCH.