Each Day Anew
By Peter D’Adamo
This is the time of our lives. The past may have been better or worse on one level of another, but hey, the past is past. ‘Create each day anew’ wrote Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, in the Art of Peace.
Is today going to be a success or failure? Only I can decide. However, if I carry the trials and tribulations of yesterday with me, what possible outcome can I expect? Many people have written me over the years, depressed and angry because they seem to fail again and again at following the diet.
Well, I need go no further than look at my own failures to know what at least works for me.
Don’t make the mistake of degrading your failures by stripping them of their spiritual value.
The trick to surviving failure is to refuse to be disillusioned by it. It is this gradual effect of disillusionment (‘retreat after defeat’) that saps the will and prevents us from enduring to the end in order to triumph over our challenges.
The first step in mastering this process is the least obvious. Don’t make the mistake of degrading your failures by stripping them of their spiritual value. The ability to learn from mistakes and shortcomings is the most powerful stimulant to success that I know of.
It is also why most successful people are actually experts in failure.
Failures are always so much more interesting than successes from an analytical viewpoint, and it is a shame that our society encourages us to run away from them, feel embarrassed by them, or sweep them under the rug.
If you look at the origin of the word ‘Aikido’ it derives from the phrase ‘the way of Aiki.’
Aiki is a blending and harmonizing energy, the perfect example of which is the so-called ‘Tenkan Step’, which is an entrance into your attacker that involves a step to the outside of his body and 180 degree turn and stepping back once again. What this does is place you shoulder-to-shoulder alongside your attacker so, for that instant in time, you both look out at the world from the same perspective and viewpoint.
Try giving a ‘failure’ the Tenkan step. Interesting things may happen.
Image: A found photograph from a partially exposed roll of film included with the purchase of an old flea market camera.