|Forum topic by kolwdwrkr||posted 08-07-2009 09:17 AM||1057 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
08-07-2009 09:17 AM
I am a proud member of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu and practice as much as time permits. Today in class a fellow classmate graduated from brown belt to black and was told to give a speach. The quote he used was from another fighter but it speaks volumes : “A black belt is a white belt that never gave up”. He went on to say that if you love something then you must be persistent and consistent. Never give up on what you love and care about.
I thought about this for some time, and to be honest had a much better well thought out subject on it, but got busy and lost some of it. But I wanted to say that this doesn’t just ring true in Jiu Jitsu, but it rings true in everything we do. We love woodworking and the recession is seemingly keeping us down. Some of us are quitting and finding other careers, some trying to get jobs to survive, etc. We have to stop and think about whether or not money has to take our goals away, and unfortunately it does sometimes. Does it have to? No, not in the least. If you are a woodworker and you lost your job or your business keep doing it, even if it’s just as a hobby. If you stay persistent and consistent then you will bounce back. Its only a matter of time before someone notices that you haven’t quit, and in fact improved on your abilities.
Your dreams and goals are more important then anything, and if you want to get that black belt you have to deal with the pain and the struggles that you must endure to get it. You may glide through with minor bruising or you may end up with broken bones. But you have to keep going. Don’t give up because it seems to hard or you feel like a failure. You are only a failure if you quit. There is a need for all of us woodworkers and the day will come when we are all to busy to remember these tough times. If we give up now, those days will come before we are prepared and we will miss the opportunity and lose the fight.
Keep your chins up, your head held high. Don’t let these things get you down. The struggle is only a struggle if you allow it to dominate your life. Good luck to all of you who have lost your jobs, business’s, or are just simply struggling to make ends meet. Keep your efforts up, and you will be rewarded.
-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~