Sunday, September 18, 2011

Home Schooling - Concept Of Hope - Alex's Karate Exam


Alex at his Karate Exam for Orange belt.


Alex has steady interest in his Karate training.
It is not a passing fancy...but an ever burgeoning passion.

He was very happy when he was presented with his Orange Belt.

Although he is still very much a beginner...
one who must learn so much more just to be able to move with
some semblance of total body coordination...
he is making steady progress.

I had, again, reiterated the cause and effect of his achievement.

It had everything to do with his steady practice.

Just as a hiker must take countless steps toward his goal
if he is ever to reach the peak...
Alex must do no less in his endeavors.

 Just as a hiker, who gets satisfied to just rest by a lake...
getting more interested in fishing and lazing by the water...
forgoing the goal and the associated pain and effort...
Alex must not daly with his practice.

While he should be happy with his path and rate...
he must never be satisfied with where he is.

This is where the striver gives up his goal for the immediate comforts...
for the lack of the stress that is so necessary for his growth.

It is not where he is...
but in where he is heading...
and at what rate...
 that makes me so happy.

He is studying all his subjects everyday...
some days more than the next...
but some everyday.

He realizes the speed at which he reaches his accomplishments...
is totally dependent upon him.

Should he merely put in his time at practice...
it means he is merely deepening an already practiced grove.

I always stress that the old cliche is incorrect...
it is not...

Practice makes perfect....

It is...

 Perfect practice makes perfect.


He must strive to improve, if just a little, each time.

Should he make a mistake...
he must stop...go back...
slow down until he can do it correctly...
then practice it until his speed naturally develops.

This applies to everything in life.

His Karate...music...studies...
these are just different paths to the same 
way of life.

Steady perfect practice...
gives steady perfect results...
giving steady progress.

This is a key to happiness in life.

To never have...
 an unseeable goal...
an unreachable goal...

is to have ever expanding horizons...
an ever ready adventure to begin...
an ever expanding world to explore.


To know that all is reachable...
 if the appropriate amount of true effort is applied in practice...
is to know that you are in ultimate control of your life.


To know that true effort pays off...
in some way...
every time...
and with interest...
the longer you do it...
allows people to invest their energy...
into long term goals.

This is the wellspring of Hope...

without which...
there is nothing to live for...
except hedonistic...
short term diversions.


Why teach a child...
 a Musical Instrument...
a Martial Art...
any art form demanding a heavy investment 
of effort and time?

It is for the realization
and the constant reinforcement of...
this one all important concept...

Hope.

All of the positive attributes...
Optimism...
Drive...

all of the associated
 dreams...
 planning...

are all begot from...

Hope.

This is one of the most powerful and effective
ways of...

drug...
gang...
criminal...
depression (situational)...
hedonism...

proofing your child.


A child that is told this concept...
can recite it.

A child that realizes this concept...
by doing it...

Lives it.



2 comments:

  1. Congrats to Alex. I'm sure it is very fulfilling as a parent to see your child learn how all of his efforts are paying off.

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  2. Thank you. That is the most important lesson for him. Realizing the link between correctly applied effort and good results.

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