SCHOOL OF SHAOLIN WORD OF THE WEEK:
1. (noun) a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired. “take pride in a good jo b well done”
1. (verb) be especially proud of a particular quality or skill.
On a daily basis, we all go through a general routine. Wake up, work/play/eat and go to sleep. There are only so many hours in the day to take care of the responsibilities necessary to lead a productive lifestyle. Regardless of what you see as being productive, wether it’s knocking out the days quota on the assembly line, getting everything on your to do list crossed off, or simply making it through without falling asleep, when was the last time you were PROUD of your accomplishments of the day? How often do you go to sleep with a content smile on your face thinking, “Today I achieved something great.” ? As students at the School of Shaolin, we have more opportunities every day to feel this gratification than the average person. It is up to us to take advantage of the chances we are given by engaging ourselves to the best of our abilities, wherever those abilities lie on the spectrum.
This past weekend we were able to experience this pride by taking part in our annual Chinese New Year Celebration, ringing in the year of the monkey. The turnout was amazing! The crowd was welcomed to the school with a demonstration by the younger generation of students. They performed some staff twirling, a bit of acrobatics, and a couple of the beginner forms which are the start of everyone’s journey at the School of Shaolin. We were visited by our Dragon with a lively presentation of the dance they are so well known for. The four dragon kings (instructors and assistant instructors) performed some weapons forms, which are always a crowd favorite. This was followed by a traditional lion dance including an array of fruit, lettuce, and red envelopes, bringing good fortune to the school. The people in attendance got a kick out of the visits from the monkey king throughout the show. After the demonstrations, the rest of the celebration was filled with food and fellowship, and the monkey piñata was a highlight for the kids.
As this new year time comes to a close, we all have been given many reasons to feel a sense of pride in what we are a part of. Whether a part of the lion itself, or being able to tell your neighbor, “I am a student of that school!”, don’t let these opportunities go to waste. Be thankful that SiFu and the rest of our Kung Fu Ancestors have built this legacy so we have something special to bring fulfilment to our lives.