Well the response we got to our photo we posted last week of Master Buckley's new writing was impressive! For some time now, Master Buckley has followed in Grandmaster Lee's footsteps by adding some incredible writings to the Bok Fu Do Philosophy collection. His latest creation, “Facing the Facts of Earning a Bok Fu Do Black Belt”, may be his most powerful and significant one yet! I know that it has already had a profound impact on those that have been fortunate enough to read it since it was unveiled last week. These philosophy notes are mainly directed at our highest ranking students, however I got special permission from Master Buckley to publish a few pieces of the writing on our blog. Here is the first piece. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks for more….
Find Your Reason
“Look, percentages aside, you have to find that something special inside of you if you want to earn your Bok Fu Do black belt. You have to find reasons why you can when nearly everyone else around you has found their reasons why they can’t. You have to light yourself on fire everyday because sometimes the fire goes out. You have to find that extra gear inside that pushes you through the doldrums of life. You need to dig deep for that unrelenting drive inside that keeps you yearning for more. You have to push through the pain and embrace the hard. You have to find a way to live with the pressure until you don’t feel the pressure anymore. You must pump and pump and pump until the pump pumps itself. You have to grind it out for that extra inch of progress. You have to take your licks, suck it up and pull yourself together. You have to shed your tears of frustration before you get to the tears of joy. You must shed your skin and reinvent yourself several times over. You have to find the best you possess inside to get the best out of life. You have to put in the time because that is what it takes. But if you make it, the time commitment will seem microscopic compared to living the rest of your life as a Bok Fu Do black belt.
You have to want it so bad that you can longer imagine living without it. Then you have to have it because wanting it is not enough.
You know how a diamond is formed? Here is a rough description (keep in mind I’m no expert but this is what I’ve learned). Take carbon dioxide and bury it one hundred or so miles into the Earth where the temperatures reach about 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Squeeze under pressure of 725,000 pounds per square inch for about a million years or so. Then, by volcanic eruption, quickly propel towards the Earth’s surface to coll. That is an enormous amount of time, pressure, heat and force. But in the end, you get the diamond.
Those few that earn a Bok Fu Do black belt are the true diamonds.”