Independence Day celebrates our freedom to choose how we as a country would be ruled. We wanted to choose our own destiny. We weren’t free from rules but we wanted to choose those rules.
Freedom requires choice. It does not mean we can do anything we want. We are always ruled by something if not someone. Choosing also means we are responsible for the results of those choices.
We can choose a set of principles to be our master. We can choose emotional response. We can choose to let another make decisions for us. So the master we choose is the issue.
There weren’t many available options for a martial art instructor when I started. I had the good fortune of being introduced to Tang Soo Do and Sang Kyu Shim at college. Others joined up with me. I chose to continue with Master Shim, the others did not. I am glad I chose a good master.
I have chosen to follow different masters over time in many different circumstances. As much as I would like to think I am under my own self-direction this would not be true. I am made up of the many masters I have followed. I have chosen a the priority of masters I follow. This is the freedom I enjoy.
I hope you have chosen well. Any changes you’d like to make? Maybe you need a different master.
Till next time, GMC