In life we face moments that are troubling and stressful. Events occur that cause a pivotal change in our life and put it out of balance. These times push what we can do and test who we really are. It can be hard to keep things together as more and more builds up.
You may be tempted to give up, to take the easy way out and ignore it. This doesn't help, it gets you nowhere. In fact it will only make things worse.
In our curriculum, we are taught right from white belt that the first thing to do in self defence is to remain calm. The need for self defence will more likely to come in other forms than physical confrontation. It can be easily transferred into situations in the real world. Remaining calm and keeping yourself in the present is key. Even if the present seems negative or bleak. Don't look at the future nor the past, neither can help you. When one remains calm, time almost slows down. It is easier to acknowledge what is happening and it allows you to make better decisions in response. Smile, you are alive and breathing. Take life day by day.
Take care everyone.
"Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel, you can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just keep moving, you will come to a better place."
- Iroh (Avatar: The last Air Bender)