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To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out to others is to risk involvement.

To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd

is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To live is to risk dying.

To hope is to risk despair.

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken,

because the greatest hazard in life is to do nothing.

The person who risks nothing,

does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow,

but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love,

and live.

Chained by their attitudes, they are a slave,

they forfeited their freedom.

Only the person who risks can be free

— As mentioned above, the words don’t apply strictly to Taekwondo, but to life in general. This is even more important because while all of us enjoy the art of Taekwondo, that’s just the small
picture in life. You should apply this concept to everything you do.

Enjoy every moment that is given to you. Enjoy all of the good people around you, and definitely enjoy the opportunities you have in the martial art you train because you share something with many people around the world that a lot of others don’t.

– You have the ability to be creative.

– You have the ability to be friends with those

you would have never thought before.

– You have the ability to stay in shape.

– You have the ability to increase your confidence.

– You have the ability to use Taekwondo in a way to build goals and extend those goals outside of the gym.

Always do your best to “Make Things Happen”, and not “watch things happen”.

See you in Class.
Master Bartley

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