• Life,  Philosophy

    Miyazato-Sensei Was A Wise Man

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    I’ve been studying karate for closing in on nine years now, and I get a lot out of it, mentally, physically, psychologically, socially. It’s become an important part of my life and health, and I hope to continue that for the rest of my life.

    My Sensei fairly often quotes Eiichi Miyazato-Sensei, the founder of the Jundokan (the Okinawan home of one of the two flavours of karate I practice), on a particular subject that doesn’t initially seem to promote karate, at least until you think about it a little. It probably sounds cooler in the original language, but still comes through fairly well in English:

    “Family first, then work, then karate.”

    Substitute your passion of choice for karate.

    The point being that anything after your family’s wellbeing and the support of your family takes a distant third place.

    It seems simple. Or it should.

    So, for everything I do, there should be a series of three questions.

    Does it help my family?

    Does it help my career without harming my family?

    Does it further a dream without harming my family or career?

    If I can’t answer yes to at least one of these, there’s a fourth, obvious question: why the heck am I doing it?

    Be well, everyone.

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