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I guess this is a spinoff from my previous blog entry, athough I haven't re read it very recently. Today I'm thinking again about seeing what's available in the present moment. Here are a few thoughts:
Time: my late brother in law, who did different kinds of trades related work, in this case specifically painting. He said if you have half an hour, paint for half an hour.
This goes so well for household projects. If you can only vacuum a portion of a room, vacuum a portion of a room (especially if you have to move stuff out of the way to do it, like stacks of stuff in an office) (remember to "listen to your body")
So that's what I did this morning. A portion. That's a bit less dust in the room, I'd say. And I will, to "Hubby Dear" when he returns from driving!
I guess the Aikido readers might smile and agree it's better to start something than to wait for the other guy to ask (or complain....) I think they call it Irimi in Daily Life
For the Aikidoka, this could apply to training. Figure out what you can do with the partners you have available, whatever their strengths or weaknesses are. Learn from them, hope they can learn from you. I was just on a thread where the poster asked a question along those lines, or rather the comments developed that way.
And Mary of "Spring Thoughts" fame on the thread, has written a form of reminder to notice the weather. Well, it promises to be really hot today, so I'm glad I did something physical already to warm up, so later I can get something done at a more careful or leisurely pace.
To return to the title of Availability, I am happy to cite Francis Takahashi's (a.k.a. Aikishihan's) column this month on Hitori Geiko.
For me this has a special meaning that is reassuring , validating, and liberating. To think I have been doing Aikido all along even when I was regretting not training.
And my friends have too. One of them has a back injury, but has been taking long walks in the Swampscott - Marblehead area (near Boston) for years. Those with injuries can find different ways to do Hitori Geiko, solo training according to Francis. While we still had snow on the ground, I think it was, I enjoyed the video of walks in the mountains of Gran Canaria that Carina posted
The other forms of training that Francis mentioned are also important to consider. You are training while teaching, even simply helping another student. You can train with one other person.... it's Futari Geiko .... and I'd better get some things started in a low key manner to progress the cleaning, organizing, and outdoor clipping... So Hubby Dear will make time in his driving and construction schedule to do a little Aikido practice with me. Nikyo is especially nice to counteract that sluggish feeling in the joints some of us get in the hot weather.... Enjoy your day, whatever is available to you in it
(I think I just learned smilies...) PS for years I have been watching seminars from time to time at the local dojo depending on time and transportation... and glad to find from Francis' column that watching is also Keiko!