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June 4, 2010 / alunatunes

Unexpected Lessons


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We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions.  – Mr Miyagi (The Karate Kid)

Lessons arrive in unexpected packages. Some are wrapped in regret and woe, a result of poor planning or faulty programming. Some lessons are boxed in would have, should have, could have . Some are packaged in unexpected friendships, business relationships, people, places and things.

The wise student realizes there are lessons everywhere. In each circumstance, in each second there are meaningful moments. It may not be the moment you expect, but that makes the lesson more precious.

In the Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi forces his karate apprentice Daniel into  servitude. Daniel is expected to paint Miyagi’s  house and fence, sand his floors and wax his cars. In exchange, Miyagi will pass along his karate knowledge to the beleaguered Daniel-son, bullied at school and living in a new city in a new circumstance with his mother.

In a riveting and memorable moment in the movie, Daniel is fed up with four days of painting, sanding and waxing and not learning anything about karate. He confronts Miyagi, upset at his waste of effort and energy.  As Miyagi forces Daniel to repeat the motions of sanding, waxing and painting, the master demonstrates the blocking techniques Daniel has been unexpectedly learning. 

At the end of the segment Miyagi bows to Daniel, dismissing him with three words:

“Come back tomorrow.”

Show up for life fully, everyday. Learn what you can. Apply the lessons. Come back tomorrow.

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  1. SimplyForties / Jun 4 2010 12:03 pm

    What an excellent post and such excellent advice. Sometimes the lessons are hard to figure out but they’re out there! Thanks for the reminder!

    • alunatunes / Jun 4 2010 12:26 pm

      Hi Mary. Thanks so much for reading. Karate Kid had many lessons. It is one of my fav movies! I wonder how the new one will turn out?
      Hope all is well in your world!

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