Life advice given by Ieyasu Tokugawa – First Shogun of Japan 1543-1616

“Life is like a long journey with a heavy load.  Let thy steps be slow and steady, that thou stumble not.  Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience is the natural lot of mortals and there will be no room for discontent, nor for despair.  When ambitious desires arise in thy heart, recall the days of extremes thou hast passed through.  Forbearance is the root of quietness and assurance forever.

Look upon wrath as thy enemy, if thou knowest only what it is to conquer and knowest not what it is to be defeated, woe unto thee, it will fare ill with thee.  Find fault with thyself rather than with others.  Better the less than the more.  ”

I believe this advice is so relevant in today’s culture, especially for all true followers of karate-do.

Sensei Chris Thompson 

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