Another old story for you…
A young man turned up at the school of a famous martial arts instructor. Upon arriving, he told the Master that he wanted to become his student and be the best martial artist in Japan. He asked the master, “How long should I train under you?”
“Ten Years,” replied the master.
The young man complained. “Ten years is a long time; but what if I train twice as hard as your other students?”
The Master thought for a moment and replied, “20 years”.
The young man was confused, “20years? But what if I practice every day and night with all my effort?”
After a pause the master replied, “Then 30 years”.
Even more confused, the young man enquired, “Why do you say it will take longer every time I say that I will train harder?”.
The master smiled. “It is clear. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the way”
WHAT DOES THIS STORY MEAN TO YOU?
In martial arts practice we’re often given what feels like conflicting advice. We should want to become an expert, aspire to black belt….but learning the next skill, attaining the next belt is not important.
How can we make sense of this conflicting information? Actually the more we practice the more we no longer see these in conflict, our level of understanding develops.
What the story means to me at the moment is: be bold – but don’t be attached to the outcome.
When we attach, we become desperate, fearful of losing that which we are holding on to. Attachment creates paralysis and it slows learning. It is paralysis built on fear. Fear of not having.
In Hapkido we learn to be in the present, to enjoy the process, not focus on the outcome. When we focus on the process, ironically we both enjoy and achieve more.
So to me… the story isn’t about letting go of achievement, but about letting go of attachment to the outcome and enjoying the process…being in the moment.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?