At times, we have all been in a void, not knowing where to turn. We spend a great deal of time weighing options, trying to make a decision about which path to choose, or to make. These mental gyrations feel necessary. However, they are a waste of energy, the exercise leaving us unfocused.
2016 was a pretty sucky year for me. Oh, there is yin in every yang. Flowers grow in dung. The opportunity to partner with Sabom Bernardo, to meet and re-meet the wonderful Wing Chun sisters and brothers at KDA are the greatest flowers out of some of the sloppiest manure – compost that had been left unturned and unattended for several years.
Every flower needs attention. Supplying that time requires an energy reserve to draw from. All of you know I have been wrestling with how to survive the radical change forced upon me in 2016. For some time I have been in that aforementioned void, twisting and turning. How do I earn a basic survival living? Do I get a job with the potential of having to abandon Wing Chun and KDA? Without real income, how do I keep a car running, keep it insured, prepare for shingles or some other unforeseen calamity? My thoughts bounce this way and that, but always there is Wing Chun. Always there are the students and my comrades.
The Law of Conservation of Energy – You cannot get more out of a system than you put into it.
I have, after soul searching, made a choice. I will forge my path.
My commitment to Wing Chun, its students and my comrades is absolute. Considering another job is wasted energy. It forces the mind to turn back, when I clearly want to move only forward. Abandon second-guessing. Through is the only way.
Frankly, I have no idea how I will make ends meet, but they will meet in the center with Wing Chun. I may have to put out a “Tip” jar. I may have to hold sporadic Seminars to raise a few dollars. I may have to beg, and will beg you to share our ads, buy my books and t-shirts, and nag your acquaintances to try a class – it is my nature to never borrow and never steal.
I want you to know I am doubling-down. There will be no more thoughts about finding another job. The goal will be to increase the number of students, and provide the best guidance I can. It will not take too many new students to meet basic survival, and only a few beyond that to make more things possible.
I am committed to you.