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Fall Forward

“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind.
To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse.
To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better.
To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.”
-King Whitney Junior
Spring may be Nature’s time of renewal, but for me, it’s Fall.  Twenty years since I’ve been in school, and I still get that “time to start something new” feeling when September rolls around.  Part of that, of course, is the kids.  Gareth joins Autumn in high school this year, and we’re very pleased that both of them are looking forward to the new year with lots of excitement and optimism.  A lot of our friends are watching their kids go off to college.

Fall is also the time that we get a lot of new students in our dojo.  That’s exciting for me, especially since I can remember every one of our instructors back when they were White Belts taking their first step onto the martial arts path.  A future leader of this dojo might walk through their doors for the first time in the next couple weeks.

It might be hard to imagine, when you see the confidence and commitment that our Black Belts show, but every one of us began our martial arts journey with a certain sense of uncertainty mixed in with the excitement of new possibilities.  In my experience, there is never hope without also a little bit of fear.

Confidence, I believe, is born out of both hope and fear.  It comes with taking on a change that scares us, and coming out on the other side.  It is strengthened when we can imagine a tough situation getting better.

Whatever change this season brings you, may you be able to overcome your fear, and may you hold on to high hopes for the outcome.  Most of all, please find the confidence to actively take the steps that will quench your fears and make your hopes a reality.

Posted: September 9, 2017 | In: Uncategorized

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