Time

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I’d something more to say.

Home
Home again
I like to be here
When I can

When I come home
Cold and tired
It’s good to warm my bones
Beside the fire

Far away
Across the field
Tolling on the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell

In Singapore we never have enough time. We are constantly busy, too many things to do. However, if you want to master an art you need to find the time. Trying to say that you are really interested in an art, wanting to master it and in the next instance trying to give excuses that you have too many things on your plate is at odds with each other.

For you see, either you are interested to learn and master it or you are not. Excuses are not going to cut it unless you do not really want what you say you want.

As the song “Time” from Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic album “The Dark Side of the Moon” goes “…….every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time” and before you know it you are left behind, spent the time but not gotten anything out of it, a year older but not a year wiser.

The study of Economics will tell you that time is an opportunity cost in that the time you spend doing one activity is the time you cannot spend doing another activity. So the more time competing activities you have the less time you spend on each. Those that contribute to no gainful skill end up being time frittered away and those that contribute to gainful skill end up lacking because you were not able to put in enough time to actually make serious progress.

Your time is your time. How you use your time is up to you. How busy you are or want to be in your non-working time is under your control. Not having the time is a convenient excuse. The choice to re-allocate and re-prioritize your activities is your choice.

Learning a martial arts requires a substantial investment of your time. If you can’t put in the time you will never become really good at it. You can have the best teacher, the best training equipment, the best training partner, the best everything but until you commit to putting in the time and effort the best amounts to nothing.

Sometimes you can think a few minutes practice a day will cut it. It won’t.

Every teacher I know who is way above the average practitioner had spent hours a day for up to a decade to master their chosen art. The average time spent can be between 4-8 hours. You can do the maths – assuming 365 days X minimum 4 hours daily X 10 years = 14,600 hours.

I know some who have learned their art for more than 10 years. However, they only put in irregular practice and about 1-2 hours per session. As a result, they still lack usable skills after more than a decade.

We can chose to be like them or we can choose to elevate our skills. Either we put in the effort or we don’t. The choice is ours.

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