What if?

What if?  The possiblities are endless? You have a choice in each action, to open and embrace uncertainty or to be a prisoner to your own limitations.

What if we slowed down and did not worry too much about today’s deadlines?

What if we leave work early to be there when you children come out from school?

What if the house is not too tidy yet it is comfortable and feels like home?

What if for a weekend at least we stop obsessing about what ever it is we obsess about…just for a second, a minute then maybe a day?

What if we act happy even if we have the weight of the world on our shoulders,….something magic might happen?

What if we smile and laugh even if we don’t feel like it?

What if you make a commitment to sit down with the kids and help them with their homework.

What if we stop now, go outside and feel the brilliance of the sun on our face?

What if we tell all that you are close to we love them?

What if we don’t say sorry, don’t heal the hurt?

What if you stop and help someone that you don’t know?

What if today was your last day on earth, what would you do, how would you like to be remembered?

What if you woke up tomorrow wishing it was today?

What if you think I love you and don’t say it?

What if we don’t do these things now, today, what price are we paying?

Would it matter so much, if we don’t quite get it right, don’t quite make the mark or don’t quite achieve that goal?  Sooner or later the your own reality will be tested and the things that are most important to you will probably be family and friends. How much you earn, how hard you work will not matter. Are we living or just existing?

What if we lived our entire lives with out feeling the essence of our own existence? Now wouldn’t that be a shame.


ps What if you pass this on…maybe it would make a difference…


  1. Jack on August 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    So true. Makes you stop and think. We are often stuck in the same way of doing things, that we fail to notice that we really can make a difference.

  2. Steve Ketley on September 1, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Mate I am going to make a copy of this and pass on the stuff that is relevant to my students



  3. Andrew Blanch on September 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    What if I had never made the first step into the North Star North Sydney Dojo?

    What if I had not trusted my instincts to come back for more despite fearing the pain and doubting if I could ever become like the black belts or even close?

    What if I had not put my hand up to give service becoming a trainer for the kids?

    So many wonderful and profoundly rewarding experiences so far…

    …What if I remain committed to my North Star black belt journey?

    What is the rush to prove to myself I can do it?

    What if I do slow down and actually become faster through trying wiser over harder, just like my instincts are urging me to do?

    Andy Sensei, thanks for planting so many life giving seeds of thought. I look forward to one day looking back with you at my full black belt journey, having been thrown down and gotten back up again 100+ times and rising above all the other challenges, and all the cold winter nights I jog to the Dojo. All the times I have pushed myself over the edge, or let my ego drive me to… I am already starting to laugh at myself over it… A particularly rewarding lesson.

  4. andy on September 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Andrew I am blessed to be able to share my inner most thoughts, with people such as yourself. Thanks so much for the kind comments.
    They say that when the student is ready the teacher will appear, but with the the student, there is no one to teach.


  5. Liz on January 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    This is what we should all think about every day!

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