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A Thankful Mindset
Fall is officially here, and I couldn’t be happier about it! Fall is by far my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, the changing colors, all the great food that people make during this time of year and most of all the lack of humidity and bugs!
Fall is also the start of the Holiday season and Thanksgiving will be here soon. When I think about the things I’m thankful for, some are rather obvious in that they are positive things. For example, I’m thankful for my family, friends, that I’m able to provide food, shelter, and basic needs for those that depend on me. I’m thankful for my health and that I’m able to stay active and live the kind of lifestyle that I enjoy.
I think most would agree those are easy to be thankful for and would feel the same way. However, I’m also thankful for things that don’t appear so positive at the time and are rather challenging. There are times when I’m struggling with something at the dojo. It may be learning a new technique, kata, trying to understand the bunkai for a kata. During these times it can be frustrating to work through the challenge but eventually I learn from it. This is how growth occurs. It comes from being challenged and learning how to overcome. It’s not easy at the time, but the improvement that comes from it is rewarding. In this regard I’m thankful. I know they will make me stronger, a better student, a better teacher, and a better person. I’m thankful for Sensei and all instructors at Kansas City Tsuruoka and the growth they have allowed me to achieve. I’m thankful for all the students and their dedication to training and desire to learn and challenge us as instructors. I’m thankful for our Karate family and the many challenges we will face together in the future.