Counting one’s blessings isn’t something that should only be done once a year, being thankful should be a part of our daily lives. Appreciating the abundance of what we have to be grateful for can help put first world problems into perspective. I believe it’s especially important to recognize and acknowledge the contributions which others make to better our lives.
On that note, I think that lately I’ve spent entirely too much time focusing on the couple of people in my Jiu-Jitsu class who seem to have a problem with me, and not nearly enough time appreciating the majority of the class, who have always been great to me. Sometimes I tend to focus too much on the negative, and I can’t let a couple of bad apples spoil the whole bunch. The fact is, most of the people who I train with are super awesome!
So, thank you to everyone in Jiu-Jitsu who is happy to work with me, and who repeatedly submit me so that I can learn. Thanks to the students who don’t get mad at me when I tap them, and who are open to receiving my help. Thank you to the people who take the extra time to explain things I don’t understand, and to the ones who coach me when I roll, so that I can be aware of my mistakes. Thanks to the students who have been patient and kind as I’ve been struggling through learning how to teach, and thank you to each person who has made me feel accepted within the group. I truly appreciate all of your support and assistance, I could not learn Jiu-Jitsu without you. It certainly would not be nearly as much fun!