Week 8 (2019)

๐Ÿฅ‹ You pass

On Sunday I held a promotion test for my Haidong Gumdo students. They had been training for the past months to get ready for this day ๐Ÿ’ช It all went fine. Somewhere better than the others, but how things work.

One interesting thing happened though. At the end, I usually do a short speech ๐Ÿ—ฃ It is usually something more philosophical around martial arts. This time I tried to show my point of view on how we can be better versions of ourselves. Inside and outside the school ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Applying what we learn in “the way of the sword” outside the school. For me, it’ a great opportunity since parents and friends are also there.
So after I finished and the students were already in the showers one parent approached me. He told me how glad he was his son was learning with me. He was telling me how much his son has changed so far since he started learning the way of the sword, with me ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
He thanked me several times ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™‚๏ธ and that made me quite happy. It pretty much made my day.

This experience made me think how sometimes we forget how important feedback is. That parent could’ve said nothing to me. Instead, he delivered good feedback in a timely fashion to let me know I’m doing a good job.

๐Ÿคจ Trust issues

I keep having trust issues ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ But in a good way. I mean, I trust people too much. The problem is they keep letting me down ๐Ÿ˜”

These people keep on overpromising and underdelivering. You could say it’s my fault but I tend to trust people when they say they’ll do something. Why shouldn’t I trust them? Well, they keep letting me down.

I should’ve learned by now but not really. Don’t they say something like humans are the only animals who stumble on the same rock twice? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‘ถ The tortured toddler

The other day I was in the metro and as we reached the last stop this toddler stared crying ๐Ÿ˜ญ Imagine a cry you would do in pain, when it physically pains you. Well, that was what it sounded like. It sounded like the toddler was being tortured to death ๐Ÿ˜ฑ All because she was being put into the stroller to leave the train ๐Ÿ˜‘ The mum did good, she talked to her very calmly saying there was nothing she could do, that they were just getting off the train.

We, humans, are quite annoying. We take so many years to grow up, to eat by ourselves, to walk, to speakโ€ฆ It’s quite amazing, in a bad way ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Have you ever seen a baby animal cry so much to get its way?

Yeah, me neither โœ…

๐Ÿ‘Œ Positivism

I want to end this weeknote on a positive note โœŒ๏ธ The self-reflection of the week is that I should be more positive. The thing is, I know I should but sometimes I can’t help myself.

Sometimes when things do not go as planned I might see the glass half empty ๐Ÿ˜ซ
I was given good news in something I thought was going to end badly. So, why did I worry in the first place? Not sure. In the end, the issue resolved itself in a good way ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Does this happen to you? Do you usually see the glass half full or half empty?

Ricard Torres

What do you think?

About Ricard

Senior Front-end Software Engineer from Barcelona, Haidong Gumdo Instructor (korean martial art of the sword), street photographer, travel lover and TV addict.

3 Replies to “Week 8 (2019)”

  1. Congratulations.You are a good master. There are things that are worth worrying about, but others may not be so much, right? I also sometimes see the glass half empty ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‰

    Reply

    1. Thank you Helena!

      You’re totally right ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      Reply

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