When I was growing up, my father decided (since I was a girl) I needed to learn how to defend myself… he signed me up for Taekwondo classes once a week. At first, I thought it was just ridiculous, and did the typical eye-rolling of pre-teen girls when they argue with their father, taekwondo was hardly cool. But the instructors loved how quickly I picked up the routines – I had been in dance since I was 4 – and they were fascinated with my long arms & legs (I could kick with ease). I slowly began to love it.
I did end up learning well how to defend myself, and I kept up with the martial art until I was 16. There was one time, however, when a kick almost got the best the me. A particular instructor wanted to use me as an example at a demonstration event at a fair. He wanted me to kick through a board that he held high above his head (not even joking). I thought it was impossible… he was already a good deal taller than me, and there he was holding the board I was supposed to break with my foot above his head?
I tried. My foot bounced off the board, not even making a crack. My father loves to tell this story because he was watching the whole scene and says he saw my face fall. The instructor put the board down and explained that I couldn’t just aim for the board, I had to look beyond it. I couldn’t just kick the board, I had to kick through it in order to break it.
I tried a second time, making my aim a few inches past the board and I heard that satisfying crack of it breaking in two from the force of my foot. I was ecstatic! We did the routine at the fair, and the crowd loved it. We still have those boards. 🙂
It’s interesting that you can apply to this life. Whenever you’re faced with trials & seemingly endless hard times, you need to look beyond it.
If you only look at your struggles or hard times, you can get stuck mentally – like my foot bouncing off the board – you run the risk of not being able to push through them. If you face your trials with your aim set beyond them, you see them in a new, enlightened perspective.
No trial lasts forever, but when you focus your eyes on the trial you’re going through, you lose sight of that. You have to look beyond it. You have to aim beyond it… so that you can break through.
… and by the way, don’t mess with this girl,
I know Tae-kwon-do. 🙂