Humility, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about how Humility helps us to deal with our mistakes in positive, constructive ways.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Humility leads to strength and not to weakness.  It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.” — John J. McCloy (soldier, attorney, Assistant U.S. Secretary of War, U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, President of the World Bank)

In the photo above, McCloy is the person on the right.  The person on the left is President Kennedy.

When we study and practice karate together, we set ourselves to do our very best with every skill we work with.  This means that we thoroughly apply ourselves when we practice a skill, like a spinning side kick or a back breakfall into a ground defense position.  We work hard physically to perform these skills to the best of our ability.  We also work hard mentally — we pay close attention as we perform our skills, so that we notice what we are doing well, and what we can improve.  But this also means that we can be upset with ourselves when we make a mistake — when we fall down during a spinning side kick, or go down on our back elbow in a ground defense position.  When we do make a mistake, our sense of humility helps us to admit it to ourselves, and deal with it in positive, constructive ways.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  When we are trying to break a board, how do we know if we have made a mistake?
  2.   Whose responsibility is it to correct our mistake?  Should we be willing to ask others for their help in this?
  3.   Is it possible for us to do a board breaking technique correctly, and still not break the board?

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