As we get into the New Year we wonder what will it be like? What awaits us in the year ahead? Will there be problems or will it be full of blessings? Ghandi in a very famous quote said, ” Be the change that you want to see in the world.” Many times we are what we see.
There is a story that goes something like this. One traveler getting close to a city stopped and asked an old man by the road what the people were like in the city ahead. He was asked what were they like in the city you just came from?, and he was told they were untrustworthy. The old man said, “You will find them to be the same in the city ahead.”
A second traveler came by the same old man and asked the same question. Yet he found the people in the previous city to be warm and generous, and the old man said, “You will find them to be the same in the city ahead.”
The way we see others, the way we live our lives is what we will see in others. If I am a critical person, I will most likely see others as being critical. If I am a trusting person, I am more likely to view others as trustworthy. If you change yourself and become the person you desire to be, you will begin to view others in a whole new light and that will change how you interact in all of your relationships.
Practicing the martial arts opened me to better ways of looking at myself and others, being kinder and accepting of where we are at this very moment and growing from there. It does this by leading us in incremental improvements that lead to quite impressive results. But you must experience it to understand it.