FOR THE PRICE OF A CUP OF COFFEE OR TWO A DAY

Who here reading this blog has a cup of coffee on their way to work in the morning? Or perhaps a few cups to several cups of coffee every day from your favourite coffee stop or shop?

Do you realize that a few lower end cost coffees a day is probably setting you back about $3-$4 daily at a minimum? That is about $90-$120 minimum per month of coffee.

Now if you are a smoker and you smoke one half pack of cigarettes a day, that would cost you around $6. Over a month you would be spending around $180 a month.

Now I am not saying either one of these is good or bad for you. Just pointing out the cost of what you are spending so when you say I cannot afford this or I can’t afford that, you can see where some of your money goes that you probably do not think of.

Now let’s say that you wanted to do something good for yourself like taking a Taekwondo or Martial Arts class for example. If you are able to spend money on coffee or cigarettes each month then you are able to afford something that would truly add some value to your life.

Or you could also spend that money on eating healthier foods and getting rid of the crap foods you do not need.

I see it like this. Money is energy since we can not own it. Energy comes to us and it goes. We can choose how we spend some of this energy. So we can choose not to put energy in one area of our life and put it into the other areas that would be good for us.

I may be a little biased here however I do believe two of the best things you can do is eat healthy and do / join a martial arts program like taekwondo because of the fitness, health, self defense, learning, and confidence building aspects. Anyone can do it and you can’t hardly afford not to do it.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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DON’T MAKE THINGS COMPLICATE

Life can be very busy and seem chaotic like from time to time.

That is just the way things are.

However, don’t make things complicated.

Life is full of moments that lead from one to the next pretty much non stop.

You cannot stop time to deal with each moment at your own speed.

No matter what you do, the moments will keep coming one after the other.

What you can do is non make each moment complicated.

There is no need to make things more overwhelming and busy when they do not have to be.

The goal is to try and keep things as simple as you can. Even if they are complex in nature.

Making things complicated robs you of the joy you could be having.

Keeping it simple can lead to more joy.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

THE AGE OF INFORMATION

We live in an age where we can pretty much learn whatever we want.

Modern technology as well as some old technology allows us to gain access to all kinds of information for all over the world. Information from the present time to back in ancient times.

Old technology such as books filled with all kinds of information, stories, data, history, and so forth. Words that were spoken thousands of years ago to words spoken only a few moments ago.

New technology like television, radio, telephone, texting, emailing, internet, and so forth. We now have access to pretty much anyone on the planet that we want to get a hold of if that person is of interest and makes themselves available. We can read, listen, watch, and see pretty much anything we are interested in. No longer do we live in times where certain pieces of knowledge was kept secret or had to be learn one on one.

We have so much valuable information at our fingertips. Some people tai advantage of this to make themselves and the world a better place. Others use the information for the other reasons. And then there is those that don’t use it at all.

We are lucky to have this kind of knowledge and the access to it pretty freely.

How do you use what we have?

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

SPEND A DAY LIKE A NEGATIVE PERSON

Good Morning

I have a challenge for you. Go one day spending all your time thinking how a negative person would think. Only think about how a negative person would think and act in every situation. Please don’t actually do any negative actions or be rude to anyone but please do think how a negative person would. At the end of the day reflect on how you feel. How would you feel if you actually lived your life like that? How would other people react to you? What would the overall quality of your life be like?

Now spend the next day living the life of a positive person. Imagine the most positive people you know personally or even people that you don’t know personally but are super positive. Go about your day acting like these positive people. Feel what it feels like. Pay attention to how people around you react/act.  Imagine how good the quality of life you would have it you were like these positive people. At the end of the day reflect on how you felt about the positive day versus the negative day. Which day made you feel better? What day do you want to repeat over and over again?

I believe if you actually did this little exercise that you would be choosing to live out day two for the rest of your days. It’s just a better path to follow. But I could be wrong. Maybe living negatively is the way to go?!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

NAILS IN THE FENCE

I read this off one of my student’s(Al Schillaci) Facebook page and wanted to share it with everyone.

 

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. 

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.”

“Of course I can,” said the father.

It’s not always anger, it is your actions in general. There are no “fresh starts” in life. There is no new beginning. Forgiveness comes easy for many people but the scars of the past, they never go away. Watch what you do today, because sometimes the price isn’t worth the reward.

Master Jonathan field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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JANUARY IS ALMOST OVER WITH

So January 2016 is almost all over with. How has the first month of 2016 been for you?

Are you working towards any goals?

If so, how are the goals coming along?

You working closer to achieving them?

Have you had to make any adjustments so far?

Do you know what you have to do to make your goals a reality?

If not, do you know where to obtain the knowledge to et it done?

If you feel discourage, just remember that January is only one month out of 12 months. You still have the rest of the year to work towards your goals.

Stay focused and most forward!

Master Jonathan field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

LIMITS LIKE FEARS…

Limits like fears, are often just an illusion.

A lot of the time we fear things that won’t happen or fear things will get worst than what really happens.

Th same goes for our suppose limits. We often put limitations on ourselves or others that are not realistic. We sell ourselves short of our true potential.

Often times our fears never really come true or never happen quite the way we thought hey would. When it is all said and done, we realize that it wasn’t so bad and that we were silly for fearing what we feared. We got through it okay. Most times instead of just surviving we ended up thriving. Thriving because that is what we do.

Limits are pretty much the same thing. We put on ourselves perceived limitations that are really not limiting us. Often the things we believe that we cannot achieve or accomplish, we can in actuality get them done. And like fears, we simply just don’t survive through our suppose limitations, we thrive through them. We thrive because that is what we do.

One of the keys to being happier in life and to not live with our fears and limits but to break through them and not worry so much. Live life but not allowing fears or limitations to control our thoughts or actions. Avoid the illusions.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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DON’T TAKE LIFE TO SERIOUSLY

Don’t take every aspect of your life too seriously.

You need to have lots of moments where you are having tun and enjoying life too!

Life is about having a balance of being serious and doing what you have to do to get the things done that need to be completed. Then you have to balance it with having fun and enjoying the things and people you love. Enjoying all the experiences you have.

There is going to be times when you have to be absolutely serious and or you may experience pain and sadness. It is just the way it is. However these moments in time should allow you to enjoy the times of joy and happiness.

The little things can cause either sadness or happiness. It is kind of up to you to choose which one you wish to experience.

Enjoying life is something that you must decide from within. Ultimately no outside factor should have power over you to choose what you want to feel up to a certain point obviously.

But really… Just don’t take life too serious when there is no need to. Enjoy life!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

FEELING GOOD SPITE BEING BUSY

Good Morning

And yes it is a good morning because I am feeling good spite being busy all day with various tasks such as teaching, training, office work, meetings, intros, orders, and so forth. You would think i would be tired putting in 14 hour work days and training at 5:30am but I am not. I got energy.

I have more energy nowadays because I have adjusted my habits once again to better suit my lifestyle and goals. I have really hard hard on making sure my nutrition is topnotch. Always a work in process and slowly getting better all the time. I have recently adjusted some of my sleeping patterns to get the most out of my sleep which makes a big difference. I have started up practicing meditation again. I have been off and on with meditation for years but have committed to a daily meditation practice. I am monitoring my daily feedback in order to improve my meditation techniques. I also have adjusted my training routines to better improve myself towards my goals and to allow my body and mind to rest for better recovery.

All of this is just small like things that I change over time so that they become positive habits that help me live a better life. Anyone that is interested in discussing any of this, feel free to ask away.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

IF YOU CAN’T DO IT SLOW…

If you can’t do it slow, you cannot do it fast!

No matter what if life it is, you must slow down at first and learn what you are doing slowly to get a handle of all the ins and outs before you can go at it fast.

Starting out fast doesn’t always work because you miss a lot of the small finer points that is needed to truly do something great.

If you do not understand all the small important details of something then how can you expect to do it fast if you really don’t know how to do it?

Everything in life that is worthwhile is achieved through a slow step by step process in which every step must be accomplished in order for the full learning effect to happen and become a part of you.

To speed but one must slow down in order to focus on every little ounce of movement or thought in oder to truly see what is really happening and what you are really experiencing.

Going fast can blur your vision and make you think you saw something you didn’t or perhaps make you feel you did this but you actually did that.

A calm and focused mind is far superior to that of a mind that is racing and everywhere all at the same time.

A slow calm start less to a fast calm outcome.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do