With the myriad of complications that have been taking up my time this year, it is still surprising that “people” are the biggest complication of the lot.
I made a decision earlier this year. A fairly radical decision tis true. The decision was based on a very personal time of reflection, not lightly made, and one that was built upon some quite intense experiences this year.
Am slightly surprised therefore that someone has taken offence.
As my Sensei has said on numerous occassions; “karate is a journey, not a race”. For some of us this journey takes a little longer than others, wrong turns have been made and our own personal SatNav needs a little tweaking to get us back on the road.
One person’s decision on their readiness for a new grade is not a reflection on another’s. It is up to each of us, when the question is asked, to answer if we are prepared internally for that next step. I’m not.
As I said in a previous post, which far better puts across my feelings, than this slightly rambling post;
“I need to stop chasing the next belt for the next few years and practise on becoming a black belt rather than just wearing one“
I made that decision for myself. I ask that question of my students. Each of us can only make that decision for ourselves individually and not for someone else… and that has to be respected if nothing else.