When it comes to training in martial arts we come into contact with people from all walks of life. Different colors, religions, political affiliations and financial backgrounds. All are brought together by a common denominator – the love of the martial art. People who would never cross paths or be in the same social circles find that when there is even a single positive commonality, they are able to put their other differences aside. Martial art training is very special in this regard.
No matter what their background, each of these people needs to go through the same thing in order to progress within their chosen art. They suffer and bleed together, and they share in sweet victories together. It becomes a bond that only they can understand.
I find that in our lives there is way too much focus on our differences and on negative feeling towards our fellow man. Yes, we are different in many ways, but why should we focus so much on our difference that we want to destroy each other?
I always tell my students that not everyone in life is going to, or meant to, get along – not even people in the same martial arts class, but we need to look beyond this and focus on the art itself. For whatever our differences and whatever reasons these people have been drawn to and love a common thing. How different can we all be if, no matter what the background, we can still find and share in that one love?
The world is full of negativity and we tend to focus way more on the bad in our lives than the good. With a change in attitude and a bit of effort to find the positives, I’m sure we will find that we have way more in common than not.