I have a great reflection today that I’d like to share with you. It is about a Martial Arts student’s conversation with His Teacher. The story isn’t written by me yet again but there is so much we can understand from the story. Have a read:
A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.” The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?” The teacher thought for a moment, “20 years.”
My 2 cents for the Day:
As you can see, the Martial Arts student missed the point of the lesson. The whole point of the story was that the Teacher could see the weakness in his student’s Character. He can master the craft with great practice as he proposed but skill without mental discipline, preparation, and character will be like a person in possession of great power with no sense of boundaries and is one who lacks self-control. The Teacher could discern that the student would need a lot of patience to build not just his skill but his character to maintain the discpline of Martial arts.
There is nothing more dangerous than a skilled martial artist without self-control and wisdom that comes from perserverance and humility. It’s not enough to build up muscle without building up the wisdom that is required to discipline the mind to briddle this power that has the potential to harm even though it is intended to protect.
There is an african saying that says “hurry hurry has no blessing”,
meaning that doing things too rashly to get what we want won’t always end up with the intended results we desired. We have to be humble enough to wait for the great things we can achieve by being patient and resilient as we prepare our mind, body, and emotions to master the Art of SELF-CONTROL with any DISCIPLINE. Being too proud and wanting to speed up the process of character-formation during the training process could end up with disasterous results.
With sound training we can potentially obtain the very things we desire but if we lack self-control, the consequence would be us being unable to handle nor maintain the achieved result in the long run because of our impatience and lack of self-discipline. The longevity of a thing we master can only be maintained through the discipline of our mind, will, and emotions through the practiced cultivation of self-control. The lack thereof will result in futility and a destroyed dream. It is imperative to harness the weight of wisdom that one needs to carry if wanting to harness great power for any discipline (Not limited to just Martial Arts).
We must understand that the focus on “working hard” is not only to master technique(s), but it is to also to work hard to cultivate the character of the yielder of the technique(s). True strength is measured by the level on ones Self-Control.
Patience produces the required skill to sustain the achieved end result, whereas, Pride is what destroys the years of effort and training . The lack of vision and understanding of this truth reveals how longevity can only be maintained when one understands the power that they yield within their hand. Such Power cannot be used to abuse others but is intended to build and save others, including ourselves through a cultivation of wisdom that comes through maturity and great discipline.
How disciplined are we?
Are we too impatient to cultivate a humble character that fortifies inner strength gathered from practicing self-control?
What character do we want to cultivate when we want to achieve what we want to achieve?
Ask yourselves these questions and reflect on your answers.
Patience builds character, PRIDE breaks it, so inevitably, Humility is the Key to achieving great success.
Although this is a short story, this is what I got out of it. What did you understand from the story?
~~~ Marinate in this thought today.