I am not returning to the “real world,” because I don’t want to live in a world where something else besides martial arts is my major time sink.  My part time job has many positive attributes.  However, it was very difficult to go to that this morning instead of going to Taekwondo camp at the local YMCA or to some other martial arts event.  Helping teach Taekwondo camp at the Pittsford YMCA for the past two weeks has been wonderful, and it was very difficult to leave that world and return to a non-martial-arts focus of things.  At the same time, I feel as resolved as ever to do what is needed to see that I return to a martial-arts-focused way of things as quickly as possible.

Despite all the challenges our association has been through, we have always stayed strong, and things are looking up more than ever.  New students continue to join, new programs continue to be formed, and new literature is being pioneered. The future is brighter than ever.

How I long to return to the way things were when we could all spend all day at the martial arts school: surrounded by beautiful surroundings, dedicated students, and the fruits of hard work and dedication.  Everyone’s main concern was how to best cultivate virtues within themselves, and how they might better serve the benefit of everyone else.  There is so much negativity and strife in modern society.  I don’t want any part of it.

I find it very difficult to maintain quality practice when my time must be divided into so many things.  It has been hard for me lately to keep up with meditation and Taekwondo practice.  I need to continue pushing forward so that I can more quickly change my surroundings to those that better suite me.

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