Re: Aikido and Family
During the summer, when I'm not working (teacher here), my family enjoys me coming home from aikido a happier person.
During my regular working time, I feel I sometimes miss out on the little things with the kiddies. However, my wife and kids know how much aikido means to me. I make a strong effort to give the kids more undivided attention before and after I''m gone for aikido. But I still miss aikido if my kids have ball games- they're only kids once. Balance is probably the most important aiki principle to everyday life.
I have recently moved and changed dojo. My new dojo is a shorter commute and has earlier hours (= happier wife)