Embracing Belonging: A Wave’s Lesson for Karate Students
Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? I think we all feel that at one point or another.
I want to share a touching story that reminds us of the power of belonging and our positive impact on the world. We all experience moments when we feel like we don’t quite fit in, but this story of a tiny wave will show us that our presence and contributions matter more than we may realize.
The Tale of the Tiny Wave: Once upon a time, there was a tiny wave in the vast ocean. He couldn’t help but feel anxious about the stories he had heard about waves disappearing when they reached the shore. As he journeyed across the ocean, growing in size and strength, the fear of vanishing consumed him.
As he approached the shore, his worry reached its peak. However, something profound dawned upon him just before crashing into the beach. He realized he was made of water, just like the ocean. Even if he ceased to exist as a wave, he would forever be a part of the ocean because he was water. This realization brought him peace and a newfound understanding of his place in the world.
The Lesson for Karate Students: We may sometimes feel like that tiny wave – uncertain about our purpose or whether we truly belong. But here’s the key takeaway from this story: every one of us contributes to something greater. As current or former karate students, you have been an integral part of a community that spreads joy and kindness.
Our dojo creates a supportive environment where people care for and help each other. Through your participation, you have brought happiness to the lives of others. Your determination, perseverance, and dedication have made a difference, not just in your journey but in the lives of those around you.
Your Impact is Enduring: Just like the tiny wave remains forever a part of the vast ocean, your impact will endure long after you leave our dojo. The positivity and strength you have cultivated will continue to influence others positively. Your fellow students, instructors, and all those you have inspired will carry the torch of your influence.
As we progress in our karate journey, remember that we are part of something greater than ourselves. The values we learn, the friendships we forge, and the positive energy we bring to this place will ripple out and touch countless lives.
If you ever feel lonely or doubt your place in this world, remember the tale of the tiny wave. You are not alone; you are an integral part of something amazing. Your journey here has touched hearts and minds, and your contributions will continue to create a positive impact for a long time to come.
Thank you for being an essential part of our karate family. Together, let us continue to inspire, uplift, and support one another on this incredible journey.
See you on the mats,
PS If you’re feeling like you don’t belong and think you could use some help, here are a list of places and people you can talk to.