Re: My Aikido New Years Resolutions for 2010
During the last half of 2009 I was hit with a "rare but serious" side effect of my cholesterol medication, brought forward by a slight change in formulation. It rendered me unable to much more than slowly walk without fatigue and pain. Going off the medication, however, eventually found me realizing that I had long been suffering from this, just at a low level. Which I realize in retrospect had hampered my training for a very long time. So my resolutions became...
1. Get my cholesterol under control as much as possible through changes in lifestyle. Medication *has* to be a last ditch approach. I was given a severe lesson on why. I will pay attention. I will drop weight. I will eat better. I will exercise every day. Because I have no choice in the matter -- I have family to consider. The lesson of Fudo-Myo-o is to see things clearly. I do now. And I must follow through.
2. Being down allowed me more time to think, study and hopefully begin to understand things I've been shown by people like Toby Threadgill and Mike Sigman. Also what I've read through the marvelous work of Ellis Amdur and Dr. Peter Goldsbury. I resolve to continue to train, study and integrate as much as I can into my daily life to further improve my aikido. I will empty that cup over and over again.
3. Due to my illness I missed something I had never missed before. At the end of the year we do a 2000 cut practice. Once I am fully healthy I will find the time to do it on my own in one stretch.
4. I will find ways to improve my teaching. I will make a difference in my students' training.
5. I will quit spending so much time on-line talking about what I should be doing and more time doing what I should be doing. So on that note... Toodles!