Taking the First Step

Today is the first day of 2018.

The first of January is also a Monday, the first day of the week; a most fitting day to start the new year. And to accompany it on this lazy afternoon the song “Monday, Monday” that first hit the airwaves some five decades ago.

The last day of 2017 was a cold, wet night. The cold, gloomy weather continues this afternoon with a dull, overcast sky; an indication of a wet day ahead sometime.

Outside the street is quiet. At home it is a day of solitude; a time to reflect on journeys past and the journeys to be. We can’t change the past nor recover back the hours, days, years lost to inaction, procrastination and dreaming. Only thing we can do is to not waste any more time from today, affirming to move onward with deeds rather than words of action.

There are things we can control and there are things we cannot control. I can control my learning, practice and writing of the combat arts. It is a continuing journey not just in the knowing but in the doing, the mastery of ourselves.

So we can reflect on our martial arts goal for 2018. We can think about what we want to learn, to become better in, to master. More important, what are the steps you will take and will actually carry out to attain your objectives.

We want to learn many things, pick up more skills but more frequently than not what we want to do remains on the wish list because it takes effort, a lot of effort, more effort than we think, more effort than what we are willing to invest in to reach our goals. So our desires remain firmly in the firmament of our dreams.

Whatever you want to do you need to take the first step forward and keep moving ahead. The days will pass us by quickly and before you know it Tuesday, 1 January 2019 will have arrived.

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