day 1209 – consolation

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it was a good day up to and until that one split second that made it all wrong. from the second i was hit, i was in denial and it was just an illusion. a million thoughts went through my head, from what would happen to my hockey game, to next dodgeball game, to dodgeball playoffs, to working blackbelt test, to my next seasons to come. then this email came and made my night better, a saving grace knowing i’m doing something right. i do believe i’m fine, although i must admit my head does hurt. i’ll wake up tomorrow to a brand new day and i’ll continue to be in denial

day 747 – successes of an instructor

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today i received a thank you note from a student i have been teaching and mentoring for the last several years. the note had high praise and reinforces why i have been and still continue to teach to this day. it truly defines why i make the sacrifices to teach because nothing warms my heart than to see my students perform and meet their goals. although she never became a blackbelt, there was a lot that she did right, more than what the black belt itself may have exemplified. i am truly appreciative of all the time and effort she put into assisting junior students and practicing for herself, and wish her the best of luck in her studies