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August 05, 2011


dan bones

With great respect for Sifu Dion and the Victory family and in light of the passing of Shawn Tompkins, a trainer that many of you will call a friend, I wanted to share a moment that I had with Sifu Dion a few years ago when my cousin was killed in an airplane crash.

Before praying togather Sifu asked me about my cousins disposition in eternity. It was a hard question to answer, but one that has stayed with me since that day.

See most of us tend to get focused on the day to day monotony to an extent that the things that happen to us are accepted as "life". We are in such a hurry most of the time that we never get to experience things at a deeper level than what is just right in front of us on the surface. The result is an endless and shallow day to day existence that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it is all gone. Even if you are super motivated and aware of your roles and the goals you have, doesn't it sometimes feel that life comes at you fast and sometimes it kinda sucks?

In my view "life" is not measured by what happens to you, but rather by how you respond to fulfill your destiny.

The insight that I hope you will understand is that preparing and executing a daily routine to reach various milestones and goals in your training and your life might not mean much if you don't do any planning for your eternity. Forever is a long dang time friends.

So, seek the deeper meaning and create metaphors for yourself that will provide a platform for growth. Think about the disposition of your eternity and do some planning for that as well. Seek the advice of wise teachers. Your instructors are all uniquly prepared and resourceful people.

I love you Sifu.

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