How do we add value to our lives?
‘O’ sensei is not only a martial arts exponent, he was also skilled in calligraphy, devoted priest, amongst other of his lesser known but equally talented skills. multi tasking, the cliché of our century is not really such a cliché after all. As human beings, we are gifted to be multi task. the design of our endoskeleton and the capacity of our creativity allows us to challenge ourselves and become masters of many functions. We, humans are living breathing Swiss army knives.
We must not lose sight of this versatility, failing which we fall into our own trap of becoming a one art expert. sure it is important to have a specialist skills in one area of function. We must not become a fixated that this is the ONLY way. Aikido opens our mind and allows us to build courage to challenge the challenging. Once we have that courage, we can try, and further build on that openness. Other martial arts teaches excellent striking techniques not taught in Aikido. Other endeavours like doing charity work builds on the principles of love and harmony we cherish in aikido. Always learn and grow with openness and curiosity, this attitude cultivates humility and mutual respect.
The universality of Aikido does not stop and should not stop in the dojo. What we received in our dojo should radiate and allows us to spread our skill and courage. Our functions should expand, learn to sing, rock climb, do accounts, learn Russian language, do whatever it takes to learn. there is no such thing as a jack of all trades, master of none, variety, is the spice of life.