Hello and Happy Holidays!! As we enter into this holiday season, I thought I'd share one of the lessons I learned at a young age from one of my mentors and leader of the UBBT, Tom Callos...
"THE DEFINITION OF A MATURE MIND"
To give without remembering and receive without forgetting.
That pretty much sums it up! See ya! OK, kidding... I believe there's more to it than that. You've probably heard me in class expand on ideas much like this and sometimes talk for way too long, but this and many other ideas are, in my mind, at the heart and soul of what martial arts means to me and what I want Dynamic Martial Arts to stand for.
When we give... truly give... we do so from that place in our heart that seeks only to feel fulfilled. Nothing monetary or physical can create that feeling, only giving of ourselves and seeing the value of our actions. Anonymous donations, random acts of kindness, or just being there for someone are great examples of giving without the expectation that something be returned.
As this is our first year in business and our mission is to be a martial arts studio that seeks to be there for its community, we are working with the Gresham Women's Shelter and Gresham DHS to provide training and guidance for those who may not have access otherwise to the benefits of martial arts training. I was asked what this would cost and my response came from the very lessons I'm sharing... nothing! Gotta lead by example!
On to the second part... gratitude! It's Thanksgiving time and, let's be honest, when else do we talk about thankfulness and gratitude more?? You know where I'm going with this... we should ALWAYS be grateful for the opportunities, relationships, and things we have!! I'm a bit sentimental - just ask my wife... I couldn't even leave my daughter's giant teddy bear on the living room floor because I didn't want it to have to sleep there! What else can we be grateful for? I'd be willing to bet we could find a reason to be grateful for just about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! I'm grateful for all that has led me to meet my wife, have an amazing daughter and the house that provides the roof over our heads. I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had for the last 27 years of my martial arts career that have led me to opening Dynamic Martial Arts. I'm even grateful for the fingers with which I'm typing this blog post! Most of all, I'm grateful for each and every one of you, who support me, for better or for worse, in my quest to just be a good person.