Take ownership for all of your actions and that will moderate what you undertake. Only in full truth to yourself will you ever realise the full potential of your own life and experience fulfilment.
The way to enlightenment is not necessarily by the direct path. The crooked path can be far more interesting and the point is not to arrive as soon as possible, but to actually arrive.
It’s not where you walk. It’s how you walk! This is what I always told my dojo students.
“See first with your mind, then with your eyes, and finally with your body” – Yagyu Munenori
Some people go through life totally oblivious to the havoc they wreck due to their indifference and lack of consideration for others. Like a bull in a china shop they have no comprehension of the finer points of life nor any inkling that their own lives could even be made richer if they actually opened their eyes and made an effort to understand the true depths of human interaction, expectations and social empathy .
“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” – Chinese Proverb
A lot of the current social situations in the “civilised” world today seem to be the product of inept thinking and limited understanding. Too many people are happy to be ill informed and gaining real understanding of any situation, process or viewpoint is just too hard.
Similarly, I hear many people grumble and whine about the sorry state of the country, society and their own lot in life, yet when it comes to doing something about it – “It’s not my job!
When it comes to martial arts, there are those who want to learn and other who want to be taught. No amount of teaching will help those in the later group fully grasp the intricacies of true Budo technique. They expect to be given the secrets to “the hidden arts” but without expending effort to truely understand the underlying ethos that drives the final mastering of the skills.
Instructors can show you the path to the top of the mountain, but you must walk it yourself.
Footnote – Yagyu Munenori (1571 – 1646) was a swordmaster, teacher of sword to the first Shogun and head of the Palace Guard of the Tokugawa Shogunate at Nijo Castle. Also a contemporary of both Miyamoto Musashi and Takuan Soho the zenmaster.
Photo – When it rains, go shopping!