A Plethora of Ponderances

You say that your sky has been changing lately. That you're tired and broken. That the answers you thought you'd found don't seem to work right anymore.

We've been down these sad roads a thousand times before, sat quietly on lonely hillsides, cried with forgotten songs on the radio. Always, it was our belief in other days that got us through.

I remember planting dreams with you, chasing wishes, watching flowers. But what I remember best is how you always made me laugh, even when the world around us was falling apart.

All these years, walking the solitary paths where I found and lost myself a thousand times, I never felt alone because you were in my memory. You were there and I will always stand by you.

Go outside now, and walk away. Find one of those roads again somewhere in the quiet shade of gentle trees. Take this thought and hug your shadow and love yourself and remember these things: There is nothing in the world worth giving up for what you've already achieved. You will always be a fighter and a dreamer. Now, more than ever, you've got to look deep within your heart and believe.

Look into your heart and ask yourself : what is right, what is wrong, and do I as a human being have the strength to follow it? -- Bernie Sanders

'A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. -- Oscar Wilde

Links to other sites on the Web

Walter Z. -- Therapist, writer, artist, holistic practitioner...check it out!

Women in the Martial Arts

Links to multiple martial arts pages, great reference source.
Elayne's TKD Pages

The Tenets of TaeKwon-Do

  • Courtesy
  • A polite behavior, gesture or remark.
    Willingness, generosity in providing something needed.

    The knowledge of courtesy is a very necessary study. It is, like grace and beauty, that which begets liking and an inclination to love one another at the first sight. -- Montaigne

    The first point of courtesy must always be truth -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Integrity
  • Steadfast adherence to a strict moral and ethical code.
    State of being unimpaired, soundness. A quality of being whole.

    I did what my conscience told me to and you can't fail when you do that. -- Anita Hill

    Hold to your ethics and principles and do not for a minute consider compromising what you believe to be right. -- I Ching

    Integrity does not always require following the rules. Sometimes integrity requires breaking the rules. But it also requires being open and public about both the fact of one's dissent and the reasons for it. -- Stephen Carter

    Integrity is the refusal to compromise your talents, your inner sense of self and your undergirding values and attibutes regardless of the score, the outcome or different levels of ability between you and your opponent. -- Chuang Liang Al Huang

    Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. -- Samuel Johnson

    Let us be true : this is the highest maxim or art and life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority. -- Henri Amiel

    With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be comassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation for integrity. -- Keshavan Nair

  • Perserverance
  • Steady persistance in adhering to a course of action, belief or purpose.

    Steadfastness, singleness of purpose in pursuit of a goal, despite difficulties or obstacles. Suggests praiseworthy and enduring patience.

    Perserverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little. -- Plutarch

    When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you 'til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the time and place the tide will turn. -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Self-Control
  • Control of one's own emotions, desires or actions by one's will.

    It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself. -- J. W. von Goethe

    He who conquers others is strong
    He who conquers himself is mighty. -- Lao Tse


  • Indomitable Spirit
  • Indomitable: incapable of being overcome, subdued or vanquished.
    Spirit: Vital principle, animating force within all living things. Mind, will and feelings. To impart courage, animation and determination.

    I think time is a merciless thing. I think life is a process of burning oneself out and time is the fire that burns you. But I thin the spirit of man is a good adversary. -- Tennessee Williams
    It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. -- Senaca

    The Student Oath of TaeKwon-Do

    I shall observe the tenets of TaeKwon-Do.

    I shall respect the Instructor and the Seniors.

    A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. -- Henry Adams
    Teaching is not a lost art, but the respect for it is. -- Jacques Barzun

    I shall never misuse TaeKwon-Do.

    Conscious conduct or virtue means acting harmoniously with care toward the life around us. For spiritual practice to develop, it is essential that we establish a basis of moral conduct in our lives. If we are engaged in actions that cause pain and conflict to ourselves and others, it is impossible for the mind to become settled, collected and focused. -- Jack Kornfield
    I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.

    If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. -- Anita Roddick

    It is important to be realisitc and acknowledge that all the problems are there -- for if we are going to carry on, if we are going to change a thing, if we are going to do a thing about them -- then a positive attitude is the only thing to have. -- Howard Jones

    We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibres as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.. -- Herman Melville
    I shall build a more peaceful world.

    When one's thoughts are neither frivolous nor flippant, when one's thoughts are neither stiff-necked nor stupid, but rather are harmonious -- they habitually render physical calm or insight. -- Hildegarde of Bingen

    Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. -- Albert Einstein

    Link to collection of words of peace.

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