Re: Keep in mind that everybody is trying their best
I am not so optimistic like you, Paul.
I experience students who are happy to move just a little bit around. Who train just once or twice a week and who are satisfied when doing the same movements "on the same level" for years. They simply don't expect to evolve or grow. This is not what they aim for. They just want to have a little bit "fun".
It was not easy for me to learn to accept this attitude towards aikido. But I think it is important to deal with those students also.