On our journey through life it can be so easy to focus on the darker side of humanity. The wars, the greed, the backstabbing, cowardice, corruption and misery. Every news site you visit today will simply be a new mix of these old ingredients.
But there's another side to us, the one that looks at a vast sea and says, "I can sail across that", or looks to the moon and says, "Let's see what's up there." Exploration, adventure, creativity, and the willingness to do something difficult.
What amazes me is how Kung Fu brings out this quality in almost everyone it touches. When you watch a skilled martial artist or tai chi practitioner, it's hard to not hear that little voice in the back of your head that says, "I want to be able to do that."
A few weeks ago the new Karate Kid movie came out, which, as has been much discussed, is actually the "Kung Fu" Kid. It was number one at the box office. Every few years we seem to get this wave of interest in the martial arts and with each wave a few more people want to go deeper, buy a book, watch some how to videos, or go to their local dojo. Kung fu speaks to the best in us physically and mentally, and it brings me hope that all is not lost.
I'm glad to be sharing this spark with my fellow KFBers!