Pick your Battles

O Sensei, the founder of Aikido.

Master Shaffer once mentioned that O Sensei, the founder of Aikido, had an order in which things should be done in a self-defense situation.  I have been wanting to find the specific quote. I found this quote in a preview of the book Complete Aikido: Aikido Kyohan: The Definitive Guide To The Way Of Harmony. Author Suenaka talks of O Sensei’s beliefs:

“O’Sensei believed in the old samurai adage that one must always try the utmost to avoid conflict. But if you cannot, then inflict pain before you injure, injure before you maim, and maim before you kill. And if you must kill, squeeze every bit of life out of the attacker to the last drop. Make it a clean kill. Because life is so precious, it cannot be wasted, even in death.”

Food for thought.

While I fortunately haven’t had to maim, injure or even hurt anyone for a while, I have been thinking about the concepts of “conflict avoidance” and “choosing your battles.” These days, though we might not have to physically fight battles we are still challenged in other areas; financial, inter-personal, health etc. As a martial art student I am always seeking ways to avoid conflict. Often this leads me to act differently than I would without martial art training. Which leads to the other concept “choose your battles.” In some areas I wonder if I am avoiding conflict to the point that I become easy to “push around.” Other times in my quest to “make things right” I cause conflict that may not have existed otherwise.

Pick your battles.

In the quest for self-improvement the Self-Reprimand (see previous posts Master Pearson’s Weekly Blog #11 https://insidetiger.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/master-pearsons-weekly-post-11/, Master Shaffer’s Weekly Blog #10  https://insidetiger.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/shaffers-weekly-post-10/#more-1983) is a useful tool. It allows me to acknowledge when I have done something I realize that I should have done differently, which I can remember if I find myself in a similar situation; and then move on, rather than dwelling on a past action to the point which it becomes detrimental to my future.

I have had a lot on my mind this week. This may be related to my not doing my meditation/ sit spot like I should be.

One issue I have been dealing with is a reaction I had to a tick bite and the antibiotics I am taking as a result.

A deer tick.

In conclusion, if you are in an area where ticks live, remember to do your tick checks!

Be healthy and thanks for reading.

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