Anyone who knows me, even those who encounter me briefly, knows my affiliation and love for martial arts. I’ve been practicing kung fu for 12 ½ years. That’s a serious commitment. But I’ve never posted about it on my blog – it seemed redundant. I mean, I talk about it all the time to everyone around me so I thought, hey, I don’t want people running the other direction when they see me coming. But recently I’ve had a string of things happen to me. You know – Life. That chaotic period where every problem you encounter is insurmountable. To make matters worse, they all came at once. Or so it seemed. Loss of work. Car problems. Money problems. I couldn’t recoup from one problem before another one was there staring me in the face. Then my Father became very, very ill and I knew I needed to fly home.When you have problems, really serious problems, that’s when you find out who your real friends are. Those who don’t want to deal with sorrow and life’s troubles will disappear off your radar. Those who are committed to you will be on your doorstep offering whatever it takes to help. And that is how I discovered just what the people at Eastern Ways Martial Arts are made of.
I’ve been very blessed to have wonderful people around me – for most of my life. But sometimes there are those who just go “above and beyond” in their dedication to make you feel the top of the world.Who let you know, no matter how awful things get, they will be pulling for you. And if you fall, they’ll be there to catch you. I don’t know what I’ve done to have such wonderful people in my life, but I have certainly been blessed.
There is one person in particular that I would like to make a special thanks – and that’s to Tai Simo Molina. She is a giver – from thoughtful birthday and Christmas presents to “just because” gifts purchased with your needs in mind. But the greatest gift is her heart. Throughout the years she’s been a rock and foundation of compassion. She celebrates your accomplishments and, when the chips are down, is there to listen with great empathy and love. To hold your hand when you cry. To tell you that you are worth something and to never give up on your dreams. She makes you believe in yourself when all your world is crumbling in around you and, through her energetic support, you begin to believe that you can shake off your troubles and rise again. That is a real and true gift and the worth of that goes beyond measure.Does it sound like I’m sucking up? Maybe. But I don’t give a damn. Goodness should be recognized and praised. Compassion should be held above ego and gold. So much of our world has become a regular diet of doom and despair. Shootings. Stabbings. Murder. Rape. I hate turning on the news. But people seem to delight in drama. I don’t understand it. I would rather elevate goodness, compassion, true understanding. To live in a world that recognizes and promotes these things. Maybe that sounds idealistic and unrealistic. But I say, if I don’t embrace these ideas, who will? If I don’t make my world, who is? We are what we believe we are.
So – to all the Instructors, to Tai Sifu, and especially to Tai Simo – thank you for supporting me and believing in me throughout these years. You matter. You make a difference. What finer thing in the world is that?