Quality Time Can Start With The Gift Of Time

“Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.”

— Jim Ryun

It was nearly a year ago that I started doing martial arts.

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I tried it because my son was involved. I thought it might be something that a father and his teenager could share. Shortly thereafter my daughters joined.

Last night, as I was going to bed, I asked Hayle, my daughter, if I had given anything today.

“You did martial arts with Zachary,” she answered.

A year ago, doing martial arts with my kids was brand new. Today, it’s part of the routine. A routine whose value I had momentarily forgotten.

What began out as a way to try to spend some quality time with my kids, as equals, has become exactly that – a year of quality time. The four of us go most Tuesdays now, and often on Friday. In addition, many Thursday (or Monday) evenings, Zachary and I go to the adult class.

We’ve learned new self-defense techniques, talked a lot, gotten exercise, limbered our muscles, stretched more than our bodies, and had some fun. We’ve also earned our yellow belts.

As a person, I feel more in touch with my mind and body – not to mention the fact that I have discovered muscles which I didn’t know existed. As a Dad, I feel better that my kids could defend themselves in an emergency, and like that they are getting at least some exercise every week. With luck, my kids have gained a lot as well.

Today, that quality time is all part of the routine, and hopefully will be for some time to come.

But it all started with a small gift of time.


Yesterday’s gift of time … Did martial arts with my son. Just routine now.

If you are interested in martial arts, I encourage you to check out the Dragon’s Way in King City, Oregon. Master Clark, the owner and primary instructor, can help you or your kids try it out. 

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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