Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Over the past several days I have written a 2 part series, Living with a brain injury and Asking for Help. In the series, I spoke to the reality that I do not have to figure out how to effectively interact socially on my own. In the series I shared the concept of asking for help.
As I wrote the series, I recalled something that my Sensei had shared with his students at the beginning and ending of each class — when we grappled and / or sparred. Sensei encouraged each student to have a specific goal to work on during the class. In the instruction given to us, Sensei reinforced a very valuable principle – work on one skill at a time. By working on one skill at a time each student was able to drill the skill, apply the skill and grow as a martial artist.
Sensei’s simple bit of instruction, “work on only one skill” when you grapple and / or spar has not only empowered my ability as a martial artist, but has also empowered my ability to live and thrive as an individual living with a brain injury.
Many years ago I heard some one share a riddle. The riddle has since had a profound impact upon my life. I have used the principle — as found with in the riddle — in many areas of my life. You may have also heard the riddle. The riddle asks,“How do you eat an elephant?”. When I heard the riddle, I initially felt overwhelmed – as elephants are typically very large animals — until I heard the answer to the riddle, “One bite at a time”.
The answer simple, but the meaning very profound. One bite at a time.
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