道场 Dào·Chǎng

Notes of a lifelong learner and perpetual beginner on martial arts, mindfulness, Chinese calligraphy…and many, many cups of tea.

Small Vessel

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This past Saturday my kung fu teacher David Wong taught his first class since returning from his visit to Hong Kong and China. I was conscious of how much I had missed his personal flair, humor and guidance in my life. My morning thoughts on the way home were about my estimation that I could never learn and be as skilled at kung fu as much as my teacher. I fear that I could ever learn only a fraction of what he has learned in  his lifetime. If I ever became a kung fu teacher, everything I know would only be a snapshot, a sample of what my teacher knows. Thinking about it as I drove, these thoughts came to my mind: You might think to yourself, “I will never be great. At best I can only hope to be a small vessel.” But it is important to remember that even a single drop of water contains the essence of all water. Small things contain the essence of great things. Conduct yourself accordingly.

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Author: Tom Delaney

See my website at http://www.dao-chang.com.

One thought on “Small Vessel

  1. Tom ~ Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Just curious, could you be more specific about what this statement means to you: “I fear that I could ever learn only a fraction of what he has learned in his lifetime.”

    Do you mean to say that you’ll never know as many moves/poses as him?

    You’ll never know how to think as quickly on your feet as him?

    Or???

    And why do you believe this?

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