Thursday, June 22, 2017

Reflection to Tactalisthenics 
A man reflects on mistake he wasn't prepared for
A teacher offer a exorcise that we might be prepared 



Reflection (poem) 

There’s not a lot for me to say
Who let a dream just slip away
I blame it on a brash blind youth
Who hadn’t learned to see the truth
I wish that he were me today
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And oh the things that he would say
Of all he did that caused dismay
If he had taken time to see
That one day he would become me
Whose dreams are now called yesterday
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There isn’t much for him to say
When all is now in clear display
Such memories of days gone by
He doesn’t see why I should cry
Could I be he for just one day
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Now there we were what could we say
Was this a dream that went astray
This once was me now standing there
So unlike me without a care
This promise that was yesterday
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There’s not a lot for me to say
Who let a dream just slip away
Now he is I and I am him
Reflections of a passing whim
A memory that was today


A man sadly reflects on the actions of a youth that brought him to today's poem. Five lines of five stanzas written in iambic pentameter compose this poem. Note that an original (changing) rhyme is trapped between a series of very similar rhymes. 

I was lucky to learn when I was young how some mistakes and missed opportunities could have lasting consequences. In my life, I have listened to the stories of people whose lives were ever changed for the worse by the actions of a younger them. (There were success stories too.) One of these fellows is my own brother. He was dating a girl when he graduated from high school. He didn't want to go to college, so she encouraged him to go to trade school. A plan that he kept putting off. Of all my brothers and sisters, he stayed with our mom the longest. Of all of us brothers, he is the best looking. So good looking that though he openly cheated on his girlfriend, she stayed with him. Her reasoning, "He'll be back with me." His reasoning. "We're not going steady or anything." Well in time a more serious suitor came her way and took her away. Eventually, my brother got tired of the "hot guy" scene and wanted to settle down. Guess who he wanted to settle down with? She turned out to be a good wife and partner to someone else and mother to that happy family. To make matters worse, he found out school and learning becomes harder as we get older, Not only that, he was years behind. There was a certain young man, he wishes he could shake and wake up (and see himself now).

For better or worse here we are today. We may have made some mistakes that we are still paying for. What can we do, after the fact? We can learn. Believe it or not our past mistakes make us stronger. (Not that we want to live our lives continuously making mistakes.) By accepting, understanding and working through our mistakes we have the opportunity of being a better person. We should not throw our hands up in the air because of something that happened in the past. We should and must maintain that "can do" attitude; That belief in ourselves. Do not allow the now to be one more thing that we regret in our future. We are products of our past. We are products of all we experienced, of all we were a part of, of all we took in, of all we accomplished.  This is a wonder-filled world. This is a wonder-filled life. With our past claim our part in it. There will come a time when we look back at the marvel that was us. Until that time and for that time Enjoy.

Is this a fitting song: Roy Clark "Yesterday" 

Now let's prepare for the future 


The firearm was invented in Sweden during the 5th century for usage as a signaling and celebration device and remained so for hundreds of years. After the Chinese invented black powder during the 9th century. Firearms have become so much a part of our lives Master Ken, of Ameri-Do-Te (and EnterTheDojoShow), has created a martial arts exorcise using fire arms to better prepare us. 
So without further ado, here's Master Ken. "TACTICALISTHENICS!" 


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28 comments:

  1. outstanding poem ,really enjoyed the message within it.

    i saw many people around who never learn from their mistakes even misery increases each step.
    i am glad that your brother came out of the fog that makes things absurd for while .

    i am proud of my past but it does not men that i was free of flaws yet i was lucky enough to find out about them and remove by the grace of God

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    1. Thank you. I'm happy you enjoyed and can relate.
      I appreciate you sharing your insights into the subject.

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  2. Alas, in life we live and learn from mistakes and from achievements too. Not many people have the ability to get up when down, while some others find it easier to keep striving for improvement each time The past is the past, but the memories remain.

    Such a delightful read, well done. Greetings!

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    1. Greetings to you.
      Thank you for adding your valued thoughts on this matter.
      Glad that you liked

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  3. Can't let mistakes win, as t hey teach us what not to do and what needs to be done. Everything has its purpose.

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    1. "Can't let mistakes win", a very powerful and true statement.
      Thank you

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  4. Hindsight gives almost all of us perfect vision. (I except the few who never admit that they could have made a mistake because it is always someone else's fault).
    Learning is the key. And being ready to change where necessary.

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    1. You brought up a valuable point. Fault - or opportunity for improvement. By accepting the fault gives me the chance to be better.
      Thank you.

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  5. Thank you for the very thought provoking poem and words. Regret is difficult at times...

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    1. You are very welcome.
      Thank you for the hairstyles.

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  6. I think we all make mistakes along the way it is part of learning and growing as a person. Unfortunately, we sometimes learn too late. The journey is constantly offering us choices may we choose wisely.



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    1. I agree with you. We cannot change the past but we Can make tomorrow better.
      Thank you and dream on...

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  7. Everyone makes mistakes if they like to admit it. No one is perfect.

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    1. Looking at some of your picture, though, make me wonder.
      Thank you.

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  8. An excellent poem and also the qoute which is so very true, The song Yesterday takes me back and how true the words are that reflect to life.

    Yvonne.

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    1. It is a special feeling to know I have touched you.
      Thank you for everything

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  9. Reflections of yesterday we will have in ourselves always. We are constantly shaping and re-shaping ourselves, that's the beauty, we dO get another chance, use it well and rise above yourself, become a better person, use the wisdoms life offers you, allow the good energy to lead you to wherever you dream to go and to be, the gift of life.... Have a wonderfilled weekend Mattin 🐾

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    1. Hopefully we grow forward. Let us not forget, even a positive past helps us become batter. In the end we are the judge of how we did.
      Thank you for snaring your thoughts and the fond wishes.

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  10. Martin. Martin. How did I do thAt?😄

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    1. I was thinking of changing my name to Mattin. How did you know?

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  11. If you go through life trying to avoid mistakes ...that is a good thing but you will still make them anyway.It is part of the life process. I find people who say they have no regrets chilling !Creative people tend not to make the same mistake twice they just continue to make a bevy of new ones:)

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    1. Great insight. Thank you.
      A positive person is armed with honey to sweeten the bitter medicine of the past.
      ... and so we grow

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  12. Its the mistakes we made yesterday that make us who we are today.
    Lisa

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    1. Let us not forget all of the good. The past is that path to that door.
      Thank you for all the smiles.

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  13. Wonderful poem! I try not to regret the past and hopefully learn from mistakes. I do think it is never too late to learn something new. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. "Learn something new" - from a photographer of wonderful critters... I believe you.
      Thank you for the smiles and good wishes.

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  14. Exquisite.. deep and very well presented truth.. I totally concur.. have a great day :)

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