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I think last time I wrote an entry I was a forth kyu ... I am now shodan My word, just shows that hard work and dedication can actually get you some where. Shame it does not relate so smoothly to the work place ...
Had a little shot at teaching on Monday night, the guys seemed to enjoy what I did. Was very make it up as I went along, my intention for the first technique evolved into something when my uke ended up in a totally different place than I intended, but it was all good and on a whole better ...
On a side note if anyone knows of a good dojo in Milan Italy (I did the dojo search; I want a recommendation), PM me as I would like to go and see a friend but want somewhere to train should she be busy working late or something ...
It has been a long time since I posted anything! I have deleted a lot of the old entries because I felt like it.
I have spent a lot of time recently thinking how much my life has changed or moved on since I turned up an hour early for my first class (those who know me know I still do that) in a t-shirt and trackie bottoms on that mild April evening. I have a responsible well paid job, I have friends and I am a lot happier in myself. Is it because of any one reason? Can't say!
All I know is I am now thirty years old and not nearly as scared and / or angry as I once was. I was talking to a friend on the side of the mat the other week discussing that aikido training is a lot like life.
No matter how many times or how hard you get knocked down the true strength comes in when you can get back up and to keep smiling.
A little while ago I was told that somebody in my office really could not stand me and given the choice the would rather work with someone else. My initial response was to go round to that individual and throw them head first off the tallest part of the office building , but because we live in a world with consequences and I quite like my job (most of the time) I resolved it was my approach that was askew rather than my personality. I went back into the office the following Monday and not saying a word about what I had heard I realigned to relationship through openness and a lot honest smiles. As a result I received feedback at a recent 360 revi
That is what my Law professor told me. "Phil" she said, "you are a smart, articulate and sometimes a too charming young man. What ever life path you chose to follow, continue to be the person you are." I lost that feeling.
This morning I woke up and wrote some motivational crap on my mirror and went out there with a smile on my face and bright music on my i-pod. I smiled at the man in the paper shop. I smiled at the single Mum with 8000000000 children (she only has four or five and was an school friend of mine). I smiled at the dustbin man who was whistling (I thought that only happened in old movies), the shop workers, the homeless lady drinking her Cherryade (every morning she is on a bench eating packet of biscuits and drinking her pop). I did a lot of smiling and got a lot back.
Opened my in box - 150 + messages. I smiled. Supplier from Israel phoned and screamed down the phone. I took a deep breath smiled and said "don't worry, you can't help politics. Just do your best." Look at my product profiles, realise I am going to sell out of one of my lead lines in a few weeks. Not a problem, just make a call. Meeting with the guy who interviewed me for a promotion and rejected me, just another chance to prove to him I am all I say I am and more - his problem not mine.
For once I left the office feeling positive. I am an individual, not an integral part of the international supply chain for one of the largest high street retailers in the UK. R
During a quiet few minutes after work today, with the rain pouring down outside. I thought I would surf the net before venturing out to catch the bus to the dojo. After checking my latest shopping on Amazon had been posted, scanned the forums on Aikiweb, I decided to look at my dojo's web site.
Clicking on the galleries link and picking up the photos from last years summer seminar, I saw a picture of myself. Actually I saw a picture of a guy with one hell of a belly and guy tits. One of the girls in the office even passed comment about how much better I look now.
I think it is safe to say I have had a good day. I realised how much I have achieved in the past year and I got a compliment from office totty.