Lessons of a Martial Artist

Lessons of a Martial Artist

  • ​There’s more to personal growth than intellectual, book knowledge 
  • Training is mental, emotional and physical: encompassing mind, body and spirit 
  • Sometimes getting better is learning something new 
  • Sometimes it’s refining motion – building precision 
  • Sometimes it’s pushing yourself further, expanding strength, flexibility or endurance
  • Sometimes it’s pushing your heart; holding focus through frustration, fear, disappointment – persevering and holding firm, trusting in those who’ve mastered before you  
  • There is always something new to learn, more precision to control, more strength to grow, or endurance to cultivate
  • Perfection is an aspiration, a direction, not a destination 
  • Always remember: perseverance and continuing to train is the path of mastery. 
Carl Setzer

I'm a poet and blogger from Seattle, working to build a more just, compassionate and connected community. Seeking to magnify the good, the positive as a counterpoint to all the negative the world dishes out now.

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