January 19, 2013

Blast From the Past

My old friend and student Big John dropped me a surprise call tonight!  A blast from my New Mexico past, John instantly reminded me just how quickly the sands of time slip through our conscious awareness as he regaled me with stories of his daughter that just turned 20!  She and her brothers were little tykes in my kids class back home just yesterday. 

As I was catching up with Big John he reminded me why I am involved in the martial arts as he told me that it was my teachings and my class that got him through some of the toughest times of his life including being jobless with 5 kids and a wife to care for!  WOW!  I cannot describe the high one gets when a student shares how you and your sharing of the art you love has positively affected them! 

A brother of mine recently posted on his wall that sometimes we are shown the dark so that we seek the light.  His words couldn't resonate more!  I think sometimes people like John and Kamau are put into your life to guide you towards the light, and for that I am grateful. 

Give thanks,
Jake

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