imageHere is a picture of Furuya Sensei throwing me on the cover of Martial Arts Ultimate Warriors. This week in May is National Teacher Appreciation week.

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." - Buddhist saying

We are because of some other person's efforts.  None of us exists in a vacuum.  It is easy to think, "I did it all by myself" but that is naive.

The truth is that we are all a product of someone else's efforts.

We often think that we only learn from our parents and our teachers but the truth is that every person we meet can potentially teach us something.  "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" is a great adage that illustrates that if we have the willingness and openess to learn then anyone or anything can be our teacher.  How powerful could we all become if we adpoted this mindset?

Please take some time out today to give thanks to all the people who have taught you something.