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In the movie "When the game stands
tall", a war veteran with a prosthetic leg invited a high school
football student to pace him on the treadmill. After an extended period
of time running at an accelerated rate, the high school student finally
gives up, expressing how fit he thought the veteran was, even with one
leg. The veteran replied that all he did was persevere a little more
than the student. He did not compare or deride the younger and fitter
student for being weaker than him. The veteran only highlighted the
fact that the challenge was within himself, to push himself to stay
on the treadmill just a little longer than the student.
The word "deserve" was originally from French and Latin words that meant to loyally and zealously serve unconditionally. Eventually, "deserve" evolved into including the condition of being worthy, earning, and being entitled to be served well. However, in the spirit of service, respect, and sometimes compassion, worthiness becomes immaterial if the service is performed sincerely, unconditionally, and from the heart. Out of consideration for others, there is also something to be said about delayed gratification.
Along similar lines of "going beyond oneself", on a higher plane: during each Easter season, Christians recall and reflect on events that led up to Easter Sunday. How, in setting an example, one person went beyond his own comfort, needs, and wants to serve; kneeling, stripped to his waist like a slave, and washing his disciples' feet one by one, even though he was revered to be a master and a teacher. Through self-sacrifice, there was no thought of whether his disciples were worthy of being served. Then came the surrendering of "not my will, but yours be done" to allow himself to be brutally tortured and executed as a criminal.
"Not my will, but yours".
Persevering to take "one more step..."
Often it is "what I want" that takes precedence above all else. Being sensitive to the other, however, is essential practice in striving to assimilate the philosophy and practice of "aiki". The qualities and attitude when practising
aikido benefits from not thinking of overcoming one's partner
with aggression, brute force, and power. From insisting on "doing what I want" to "let's see how this can be resolved"...
"True victory is victory over self..."
Have a most blessed and meaningful Easter long weekend.
peace and harmony,
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