In God We Trust

In God we trust. I see it, on our currency all the time. What does this mean? To associate God with money? This seems contradictory to most Christian teachings I’ve read. To me, “In God We Trust”, means trusting and having faith in God. I see that faith in the smile of a child or a perfect sunset in Hawaii. …

Martial Arts Are My Life

Over a lifetime of training that began at the age of five, the martial arts have been many things to me. At times it has saved my life, at others it has been my life and today it gives me life. I was a sickly child who stuttered. Kids would tease me because of my speech impediment and say I …

Communication Is A Valuable Life Skill

COMMUNICATION is a valuable life skill. The success of communication comes from being a good talker and an even better listener. Good manners, respectful language, strong eye contact, and honesty are elements of a good communicator. Be concise, clear and never bring up the past. Focus on the current topic being discussed. Always offer a positive viewpoint. Remember there are …

You Had Me At Hello

The other day I walked into Peet’s Coffee to get my morning tea with my computer in hand. I needed to check my email and post a few things. I was a bit absorbed with the task at hand. I picked up my tea; found a spot to work and set about completing my tasks. About fifteen minutes later, a woman …

I Write Out My Goals

Goals are important because they build your self-worth and help you to better your life. To achieve goals, you must be able to visualize them. As the saying goes, “If I can see it, I can be it.” Write down your goals. Divide them into three lists; “A”, “B” and “C.” The “A” list are daily activities such as eating healthy, …

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE: The Martial Arts Mindset

My earliest memories of the martial arts were as a five-year-old boy back in 1967. My father and a group of fellow martial artists trained in the basement below our apartment flat in San Francisco. I remember the ceiling being so low that when they trained, they frequently bumped their heads on the beams that supported it. Jump kicks were …