C.Om posted on facebook a few day ago about celebrating life. So true. I love this photo of this child. Wow.
I have noticed that at times I have been way too serious about life...playing it safe. I can use the excuse that I have been raising a family (and still am) and that I need to make sure their safety and security is intact. I accept this as the role of Dad...but I am also to show my family how to truly live!
Sometimes, playing it safe is just too dull. I want to make sure my kids now it is okay to laugh, roll in the mud and just have a good time without having to worry about what others think. Now, I am not advocating anarchy or a total free for all, but a time of pure jubiliation about being alive. That life is a celebration of just being here...and it goes by in a flash, like lightening in the sky. You gotta live it up.
So...the next time you feel like playing it safe, mostly because you are worried about what the neighbors might think...stop...remember what it was like when you were 8 or 10 or 13. Then smile, fart, and let out a laugh that will make your neighbors think you have gone insane. Mine already know I am. I play in the backyard with swords, nunchakus, bokken and at times just do my kata....I must truly look nuts to them. I also yell a bit...just enough to feel good...and not enough for the cops to show up. (One of neighbors is a bit nuts and calls the cops if you look at her wrong.)
My neighborhood is full of little kids now, with my kids being the older ones. When I watch them play they play with abandon! Now that's fun. That's a celebration.
On a parting note: As Martial Artists we should do our kata as a celebration. A celebration of our art...let it rip!
Thanks for visiting. My Dharma name is Shinzen. I began studying Goshindo Karate under the watchful eye of Shihan Paul Dean in 1969. Yes, I now have gray hair. I am also Lay-ordained in Soto Zen under the tutelage of Rev. Nonin Chowaney of the Nebraska Zen Center.