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Creation Date: 01-16-2007 07:42 AM
Erik Calderon
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In General Honesty, followed by Honestly! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #83 New 07-29-2017 12:08 PM
Being honest is one of the hardest things to do, it seems. It's so simple, just tell the truth, but how many times do we find ourselves not telling the truth? Do we even know what the truth is? This can get pretty deep....

Your friend doesn't look very good with her new hair cut, but instead of telling her the truth, you tell her it looks good...and you justify it with, it's all a matter of perspective.

Your boss asks you if you called that client, you haven't, but you tell him you have, you excuse yourself and call him right away. You justify it with, I'm about to do it....

Your daughter asks you to buy her a pair of jeans, and you tell her you don't have any money (but you do, you just don't want to spend your last $100.00 on her pair of jeans....)

In a wonderful book that I like to read every once in a while is says: "He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity." Proverbs 2:7

I've been thinking about that pretty hard, and really paying attention to when I am honest and catching myself when I am not.

On the mat, it's much easier to catch myself, because honesty is much easier to see. Am I honestly putting effort, strength, power into my attack? Am I aiming at my target? Am I just throwing myself, afraid that I may get injured? What's driving me?

I think honesty must come from the attacker, uke, in order for the nage to truly progress and learn Aikido. Doesn't that sound like common sense to you?

To truly understand and develop in Aikido we need to be honest with each other. I've heard it so many times, "the truth hurts," but does it really?

I'm really excited about teaching today and sharing this with my class.
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#1 08-03-2017 02:20 PM
Honesty is so important...especially to be honest with myself. I would rather be silent than say I like something when I don't. My serenity is not worth another person's vanity. And who was that who said if you tell truth you never have to remember a story?
 




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