In May of 2000 I began training at a martial arts school. During one of my early conversations with my Sensei or martial arts instructor he shared something with me. What he shared with me changed the way that I looked at life. He said, “What I do is give you ingredients — what he would teach me and I would learn there at the martial art school — your job is to gather those ingredients and bake a cake to become a black belt.”
He also told me that a black belt is a master of the basics.
What I gathered from my conversation with my Sensei was that as I gathered various skills, through my training and commitment to mastering the basics; I would gain the skills to become a black belt. And as I would later learn, that by mastering the basics; I would be able to build upon the foundation of what I have learned to develop. By doing so I continue to create my own style as a martial artist to fit my body type and capabilities.
Applying the Principles of Combining Ingredients to Creating a Good Life
As I apply the principles, that I learned from my Sensei; I create hope. Through combining the lessons, that I gain from my circumstances and opportunities; I develop and grow as an individual. As I stay committed to the process of learning how to use my circumstances and opportunities, I discover how to use what I have in ways that work for me. Through combining what works best for me, I am able to create a life for myself.
“Regardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it.” Zig Ziglar
Keep creating hope through gathering ingredients, through lessons that your circumstances and opportunities teach you; and don’t give up. Bake your cake (s) and don’t despise the day of small beginnings. More will be revealed to you in time.
“Everyone is trying to do some thing big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank A. Clark
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