Sa Bum Nim
Years ago I learned that the most important tasks should be done first thing in the morning. It’s the easiest appointment to keep and my energy level is at its peak.
Writing is one of my early morning appointments.
Today, however, I am writing at the Maurice Bishop Airport in Grenada at 3:00 PM. Writing at three o’clock because the morning was out of the question. I was up most of the night dealing with an incredible sinus headache, which continued through this morning and early afternoon.
When you’re not feeling well, it’s hard to focus. Focus is the number one requirement of a writer. Focus is a necessary ingredient for any worthwhile endeavor.
As I sit here waiting for my plane, I wonder what my next worthwhile endeavor might be. I like to go places. Not just physically go places, like travel, but I like to go places in life.
Yesterday I mentioned a new business model for which I will pursue with great enthusiasm, but simultaneously I have other lands that I’d like to explore.
For instance, I’ve wanted to get started on my black belt in jujitsu for a couple of years now. I’ve gone so far as to visit a local school and take an initial training to see what it might entail. Many folks might be critical of an old man who decides to spend time and money rolling around on a wrestling mat. Maybe they’re right, but my attitude is best reflected by a conversation I had with my daughter a few months ago. I said to her, “Your dad is determined to die doing something I should not be doing.”
Jujitsu happens to be a normal progression for this philosophy, doing something maybe I shouldn’t be doing.
However, jujitsu won’t be my first experience with the study of martial arts. From 1994 to 2004 I studied Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, Korean martial arts, and earned my black belt. Becoming a black belt demonstrated to me that martial arts is more to me than just an exercise routine or a hobby. Instead it has become an extension of who I am, and as important, who I aspire to become.
Martial artists are warriors, defenders, protectors. They are responsible, reliable, and understand that life is meant to be lived for others. They are continually studying to be better at their craft.
My business is named Bastion and I chose that word very carefully. It means “a fortress, a place of protection”. I have built it around the idea of defending and protecting my clients. Guiding them like a good Sa Bum Nim.
What’s a Sa Bum Nim?
Sa Bum Nim is Korean and means “someone who teaches good moral values” and “to be a light of society.”
My hope is that through this next journey, the goal of a black belt in jujitsu, I will become a Sa Bum Nim in my life as a husband, father, and as a friend–while doing something that maybe I shouldn’t be doing.