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After consulting with 2 orthopedists concerning the MRI results I felt it best for the long term health of my knees to bow out of the black belt cycle with my Sensei. I met with my Sensei and told him of my decision almost 3 weeks ago. During the past 3 weeks I have been praying about whether or not I should continue training at the martial arts school in the capacity that I told you about a little over a month ago, When Circumstances Change our Plans.
In the past several days I have made the decision that I am going to stop training — completely — at the martial arts school. I am going to use my time to rehab my knee and to work on several other projects — to enhance my service capacity. I am at peace with my decision and I know that more will be revealed in time.
Life changes plans, hopes and dreams. The dreams that I once worked hard to accomplish take on new forms. When I am able to let go of a dream, I open myself to an array of possibilities.
I am incredibly greatful for the lessons that I learned in the pursuit of my dream of achieving my 1st degree black belt as I approach my 52nd birthday. Although I would have liked to have accomplished that dream, I have come to trust the process, because I do not have the big picture.
My experience has taught me to do the foot work and to let go of the outcomes. When I do so I am able to enjoy the journey, because I have come to trust the process. I know that I am being led in the direction of my destiny. With my awareness, I have come to accept that the process is of much greater value than any outcome. The lessons that I learn — not the destination — point me in the direction of my destiny.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” Helen Keller
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