“Year-End Reflections”

According to Confucius, “The man who commits to studying himself will draw near to wisdom.”

Particularly at the end of the year, it is important to take a step back from our busy and hectic lives to reflect on all that has happened, considering both positive and negative experiences. This process of reflection allows us to learn from these experiences and grow as individuals.

During this period of self-evaluation and reflection, we remain mindful and in the present. We review our present situation and all the lessons we’ve learned without passing judgment. When we calmly observe our thoughts and actions with a clear and open mind, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, and the world around us.

This is also an opportunity to review our current progress in many aspects of our lives and set new goals for the year ahead. In our practice of Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do, we strive for constant improvement through our daily training, and this requires a willingness to be honest with ourselves about our strengths and weaknesses. By reflecting on our personal training and identifying areas for growth, we can create a roadmap for continued self-improvement.

Ultimately, the end of the year is a time for reflection, growth, and renewal. By looking back at the past and setting intentions for the future, we can continue to cultivate our minds, body, and spirit, to reach our true potential.

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