What to Do with Life’s Difficulties

Welcome to the first week of June!

Before we jump into this week’s blog – I want to give a shout out to our amazing After School Program!  This is really a magical community of kids who support each other to become leaders and be true to themselves.  We have a new video overview coming out soon so you can see the kids learning these valuable lessons from all angels, from martial arts and movement classes to nature lessons and innovative art projects!  We will post it here on the blog, and on our social media, so stay tuned!  If you’re looking for this type of unique, supportive and empowering After School Program for Fall 2019, Head Here.

Now let’s get into this week’s theme…

In our most recent Teen Leadership Class, I shared with the students my fool proof plan for getting out of a negative mindset.  Any time I royally mess up, or just have one frustrating situation thrown at me after another, I know there is one thing I can do that will always get me feeling better: Go help someone else!  When I go out and see how much someone else could use a helping hand or a supportive shoulder, it’s very tough to keep my mind preoccupied with my own troubles.

That’s not to say helping others is always the solution to our problems – no.  Our own life problems often do need attention and a plan of action.  But if I’m wallowing in self pity, I’m not really on the path to healing or resolution anyway – so I might as well take a break from my own misery and see about becoming a better human for a bit.  Because that’s what these tough times are really about anyway, aren’t they?  It’s like how a beautiful, strong and powerful sword is made.  Sometimes, we too just need to get forged in the fire.  As first lady Abigail Adams said, “The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues.”  Whether at a nursing home, an animal shelter, or picking up trash by the river, turning my attention away from myself is one of the best ways I’ve found to grow from a setback instead of wallow in it.

In kids class this week, we’re been building our “Perseverance Superpower” through helping others in the imaginary adventures that we use to teach kids martial arts.  Teens and adults will work on this in our self defense scenarios and some new weapons work.

Now it’s your turn…what’s your best tip for making lemonade when life hands you lemons?

Thanks for reading everyone!

See you in the dojo,


~Sensei Nesta

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