In the End, your character is what speaks most loudly about you.

Der Karate Thoughts Blog von Charles Goodin gehört ist einer meiner Lieblings-Kampfkunst-Blogs. Ein paar mal die Woche erzählt er auf witzige Art und Weise ein paar Anekdoten aus seinem Dojo. 

In the End, your character is what speaks most loudly about you

kann man sozusagen als das Motto seines Blogs auffassen, denn es geht meistens nicht um Technik oder ums Kämpfen, sondern eher um Dinge, die die Kampfkunst auch noch ausmachen, wie Charakter-Schule und den sagenumwobenen Do.

Hier zwei Geschichten, die ich, auch aus Gegebenheiten in meinem direkten Umfeld, gerade sehr passend finde:

Scales at the Gate

This is story.

A 10th degree black belt in Karate was standing at the gate of heaven. The angel who guarded the gate sat next to a large pair of scales, balanced by a golden chain.

"Welcome to heaven," said the angel. "Can you tell me a little about yourself?"

"Well," said the judan, "I am a 10th degree black belt in Karate. A hanshi, shihan, grand master… I mean great grand master. I know more than any other Karate instructors. Basically, I am the very best, if I must say so myself."

"Great," said the angel. "Let’s put all of those things on the right scale. Anything else?"

"Well, I’ve won hundreds of awards, been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame, been featured in countless magazine articles, appeared on a dozen television specials, and had a special day named for me in my home town…."

"Let’s add them too," said the angel placing the accomplishments on the right scale, which by now was overflowing and hanging down to the ground (cloud). "Is that it?"

"I would say so," said the 10th dan proudly. "Looks like my accomplishments weigh quite a lot!"

"They certainly do," agreed the angel. But this is not merely a contest of sheer weight, it is one of balance."

"What do you mean?" asked the 10th dan.

"Well, we put all your worldly accomplishments on the right scale and then we put your character accomplishments on the left. They have to balance."

"But I’m a tenth dan!" argued the 10th dan.

"Yes, that’s on the right side along with your other worldly accomplishments. Let’s talk about your character."

"And I’m a hanshi…"

"Got it. Character."

"Shihan…"

"Check. Character"

"Great Grand Master…"

"It’s in there. Character."

"Uh…"

"Character."

In the End, your character is what speaks most loudly about you.

Scales at the Gate 2

A 10th degree black belt in Karate was standing at the gate of heaven. The angel who guarded the gate sat next to a large pair of scales, balanced by a golden chain.

"Welcome to heaven," said the angel. "Can you tell me a little about yourself?"

"Well," said the judan, "there’s not much to say. I lived and tried my best."

"But aren’t you a 10th degree black belt in Karate? A hanshi, shihan, grand master… I mean great grand master. You know more than any other Karate instructors. Basically, you are the very best."

"Those things don’t matter," said the judan. "I did practice Karate, but I tried my best at whatever I did in life. Being a good husband, father, grandfather, and friend was much more important to me."

"But you’ve won hundreds of awards, been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame, been featured in countless magazine articles, appeared on a dozen television specials, and had a special day named for you in your home town," continued the angel.

"Can I tell you something?" asked the judan. "When I taught Karate I always emphasized that rank and titles without skill are meaningless, and that destructive skill without character is dangerous. In Karate, character comes first. Then it comes second. Then it comes third. Character is what counts."

The angel could not speak for a moment. Standing before him was an honest, humble, accomplished person. “Well come right in,” he finally said.

"What about the scales," asked the judan.

"Never mind. I’m afraid you would break them," replied the angel.

In the End, your character is what speaks most loudly about you. And not just in the End. In the Beginning and Middle too.

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