I was surprised how many people missed the I Ho Chaun meeting this week. I always get so much from every meeting, that I don't want to miss one. I am inspired by everyones triumphs and failures. For anyone to be able to admitt in public to a room full of their peers that they are struggling, really helps me to relate and get to know someone. Just the shear courage it can take is inspiring. But the biggest thing for me at my level and where I am in my Kung Fu is those aha moments that I go, I had feelings like that. Or that is where I was heading. I am very far from perfect and I have a long and big journey ahead of me, just to achieve my black belt. But achieve it I will. By being with so many amazing, positive and honest human beings, I can't help but grow. We are all human, we hurt, we cry, we fail, we procastinate. But we also heal, laugh, overcome and renew ourselves. I have learned to embrace the little progressions more dearly then the big ones. I have learned to listen with my whole being and not just pay partial attention. I am learning to push myself further then I thought I could go and to not let small obstacles stop my progress. Even moving sideways is progress, only in a different direction. I am learning how to achieve structure in my life that will enable me to progress to the goals I set myself. But the biggest thing I am learning is to live in the moment. To be aware of myself, my actions and how I am impacting everyone I come in contact with. I have so much learning to go and to put into action. But even up until a year ago I would have let the fear of failure or the realization of just how much more there is to go, stop me in my tracks. I would probably have done nothing to avoid it. Because I didn't know how or was even aware that I had stopped. I think I finally get that failure is ok. As long as you learn from it, get back up and try again in a slightly different direction. Alot of what I have learned is from what everyone talks about at the meetings. If I didn't attend the meetings I would be nowhere near where I am today. I am constantly in awe of the amount of knowledge, courage, humility and inspiration that is available to all the students of Silent River Kung Fu. I hope I can embrace all of it even more on my road to becoming a true martial artist.