focus, discipline, hard work, goal setting & achievement displayed

I took a break from unpacking and organizing  to meet with the family at Daniel’s Tae Kwon Do studio the other night…the promise of Mongolian Barbecue after made it all the more enticing. Watching Daniel work his way around the room sparring with his fellow classmates his age, older, younger, bigger, smaller, boys, girls, I was struck with how far he has come from this:

So much taller. So much more hair growing in its own unruly way. So focused. So strong. So quick. So disciplined. So full of heart. I wanted to grab a quick picture or a video. I even reached for my iPhone. Then I stopped and I watched instead. In the moment. In this moment of Dan…so amazing! It truly is miraculous sometimes watching him. He might not be the greatest fighter. He hates hand to hand sparring. Yet here was, doing it and so focused he was not even aware of his sisters and mom watching…and maybe talking too much in the quiet zone where we were seated. For him, Tae Kwon Do is not about all the fights won or lost or the punches or kicks. Tae Kwon Do is about the self-discipline, about ethics and manners and benevolence and fairness that is seen in his study and practice…and now hanging in his room.

Seven years of practice and study all there symbolizing so much strength, so much heart, so much perseverance, so much Daniel.

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

Saint Basil