Walk like Kung Fu…

A recent post to the Jack’s Winning Words blog had this interesting lead-in – “I’m going to walk the earth like Kung Fu.”  (Samuel Jackson)  These words are from the movie, Pulp Fiction, and indicate that there comes a time in life to do other things.  The “Jackson words” were recently spoken by a man who’s closing his comic book store.  “It’s time to move on to a new adventure.”

Jack did some research and discovered that the term Kung Fu has many meanings, one of which is a life-long search for self –improvement, specifically in a particular skill. The key attribute of practicing Kung Fu is continuing to move forward. It is through that constant effort to learn more, master more and move forward that the skill is developed and your Kung Fu becomes strong. “It’s time to move on to a new adventure.”

So, maybe moving on in life, learning new things, meeting new people and developingtime for change new skills helps us strengthen our life Kung Fu. Certainly, becoming sedentary and stopping our learning makes us duller people and is just not healthy. Becoming stuck in the past is really not good, because it is also frustrating. You can’t change the past, no matter how long you think about the coulda, woulda, shoulda’s that come to mind. “It’s time to move on to a new adventure.”

If that job has ended, look for work elsewhere and maybe even try something completely different. If that relationship is over, let it go. If a loved one has passed, remember them fondly, but move on. If one door in your life has shut, look for the next door to open.Walk the earth like Kung Fu. “It’s time to move on to a new adventure.”

This is not to say that you should not learn from the past. Learning from our mistakes or from our experiences is a part of moving forward. A big part of the learning experience insightis categorizing the things from the event that were good and bad and letting go of the bad, or at least filing them away as things not to do again. Most human interaction experiences have both components and we learn to master certain aspects of life by learning from those experiences. We learn from failures, disappointments and heartbreaks that those things didn’t kill us. They didn’t make us happy either; so we resolve to do things differently and better the next time. We strengthen our life Kung Fu because of those hardships. “It’s time to move on to a new adventure.”

So, think about where you are right now. Are you stuck somehow at an inflection point in your life? Are you unable to let go of the past and move on? Maybe you need to look at your future more as an adventure than as a great unknown to be feared. One way to dome that is to replace fear with hope. That hope should be based upon the promise that God has made to us –  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” —Jeremiah 29:11

Walk the earth like Kung Fu, for the Lord has prepared a wonderful future for you. Have a great day…that future starts now. “It’s time to move on to a new adventure.”

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