What I learned in 2017

Happy New Year!

We’re well into 2018 and things have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to write before now.  For most of us, it’s easier to start something new or reset and start fresh on a symbolic day. 

Our brains love defining moments and there is nothing more defining/symbolic than the start of a new year.  New Year, New me is cliché but it’s so true!  It’s also a good time to reminisce on the year that has passed - remembering all your successes and all the things you’ve learned from your failures.

So in the spirit of this new beginning, I thought I could share a couple of things I’ve learned this year:

1. Have Faith
Things always end up working out at the right time. We all know this deep inside but we lose faith every now and then (more so than I'd like, but that's okay). This is my big lesson from having to relocate the dojo after the fire. How do you handle something you’ve never had to confront before? What do you do when you don't know what to do? How do you deal with all that doubt? The only way is to keep moving forward and to have faith that the right thing will happen when you're intentions are in the right place.

2. Break it Down
Let me ask you this question again: How do you handle something you’ve never had to confront before? You’re looking at Mount Everest and you’re like: "I can’t even see the tip of the mountain, how am I ever going to get there?!" Overwhelmed much? What you can do is take one step, and then another, and another. You can start with a kilometre and maybe you won’t get to the top today, or even next week but you are making progress bit by bit, and that's what matters. Really - what's the hurry? Where are we going?

3. Celebrate
If you know me, you know that this is a hard one for me. I’m never satisfied, and I rarely feel that things are good enough to celebrate right now. It's more of a "We can celebrate when everything is done right". But that's just the thing, there will always be room for improvement. So when is good, good enough? This year, I’m pausing to celebrate the small wins as much as the big ones.

These are my top 3 lessons from 2017. Below are 3 things that I look forward to in 2018 and think are worth celebrating:

  1. We’re back home and the dojo looks great! Grand Opening coming soon, so stay tuned for that.
  2. We’re starting lunch time classes Mondays and Wednesdays. See below for more info.
  3. We have the best team ever. We love what we do and it’s a pleasure to share our passion for martial arts with each other!

Renshi Melhem

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