To paraphrase author Eric Metaxas, we live in a culture that is constantly looking for the worm in every apple. Everyone and everything is suspect. We assume that everyone is hiding something. We are very quick to notice what's wrong with a person or with a situation...and you know what, that's natural. Our brains a programmed to notice things that are out of place. In a very real way, we are hardwired to notice hypocrisy. However, like I say in the dojo, just because it's natural doesn't mean it's good.
We've taken this natural bend from a casual survey to a full blown witch hunt. We intentionally go out of our way to dig up dirt on someone or will find the most microscopic detail with which to ruin an entire routine.
But there's hope. There's always hope...and at risk of sounding cliche, it usually starts with you. In karate, we are very focused on details. We are constantly striving to practice a kata perfectly. To date, I've never performed a perfect kata...there's always something to improve on! However, there are days when I'm perfectly content with performing a solid kata. Sure, there may be a mistake here or there, but I'm proud for having done it.
I think that's how we begin to fix our worm-in-the-apple hunting mentality. Just for a day, let's do our best and be alright with imperfection. More importantly, let's trust that everyone around us is doing their best. We've all got dirt. We've all got faults. Be honest with that truth and move on.
Karateka- My challenge for you today is very specific. I want you to practice 20-30 kata in a way that you are proud of in the end.