Let me tell you a story about a 9-year-old girl.
Yesterday morning, her alarm went off. She got out of bed and went to school. She got there on time because she has learned to be disciplined. While in class other kids were talking and passing notes but she remained focused on her lessons because she has learned how to focus. When it was her turn to present to the class she stood up calmly and spoke effectively because she has learned to be confident. After school other kids invited her to hang out and watch TV; instead she did her homework and went to the dojo to practice Kempo because she has learned the benefits of nourishing her mind, body and spirit. Later, after she had studied and exercised, she relaxed and visited with her friends and family. Then she went to bed with a smile on her face.
Let me tell you another story, this one is about a gentleman in his mid-thirties.
He got up this morning and went to work. He got there on time because he has learned to be disciplined. . . . . Well, you can probably figure out the rest.
Perhaps these stories sound contrived but the point they make is a valid one. The paths of our lives don’t happen by accident. We make choices every moment of every day and those choices affect everything. Choosing to read a book today will affect the chance of you getting into college or getting your next promotion. Who you choose to spend time with today will affect who your friends are 20 years from now. Choosing to work out and be healthy today will affect how you feel on your 80th birthday.
If this sounds like pressure, it shouldn’t. It’s opportunity. There are choices you can make right now to help you become healthier, happier and better.
What are you waiting for?
Master Chris Santillo
Potomac Kempo. . . thank you!