I have always seen the line between martial arts and life. How each is just a mirror of the other and a way of achieving a better focus. Recently I was training my footwork when I came into an enlightening experience that let me see more deeply into kung fu and life.
While working on my flow training the idea is to keep each movement connected to the last. Movements can be changed in direction, speed and timing but never sacrificing the flow of energy from one step to the other. In bagua the legs pull the body, the body pulls the hands and the hands are able to let the Qi flow through every motion. Striking and defending are all a part of the same circle at a different point of axis.
I found myself growing into a much deeper understanding of the movements after years of researching new methods of training. But instead of finding a better way to train, I found a better way to live. I found that every movement was connected to a thought, memory or experience I have had and am yet to have. For one moment I was able to see time as a continual circle that the past, present and future all existed at the same time.
From there I could see that every challenge that has come to me in my life has been an opportunity for me to choose my growth. The times that I was less patient with people, unforgiving, or insensitive were directly connected to how I developed into a situation that was less favorable. On the other side every time I chose to help, or pay attention to the problems of a coworker, or finished an undesirable task with a smile, I had become a better person giving me a more favorable position. Which means that the bigger the challenges are then the more we can benefit from them. Sometimes we are just one big challenge away from our success. But even the tiniest challenges can be opportunities for us to feel better. Organize your pictures, help some one with chores or learn a new skill. They may not seem important currently but it might be just the polishing you need for your character.
Lost in my techniques, lost in time and lost in my thoughts. It was maybe only a second but it felt like a life time. I realized that even when we are doing the right thing it is more important to be focused on those around us. Their success is just the same as our own success. If we dwell to much on what we should have by now we will miss the point of today's challenge. Continue to train and pursue your dreams. Make sure the people around you are also finding direction. Only by doing God's work can we make real progress. Find the rhythm in your life that let's you happily accept the challenges that come. They will only make you better.