That quote comes from an aikido blog post that I just came across. It encapsulates a lot of what aikido training means to me; in fact, I’ll go farther than that – it says a lot about how I try to approach everything these days. I guess on the surface it sounds kind of like “the journey is the destination”, but I don’t think it is. While the latter phrase is much better known, it strikes me as rather nebulous and New Age-y; the former is an expression of perspective and intention. I train, not because I want to be a black belt, or even necessarily because I want to be able to defend myself – I train because I want to be training, I want to be an aikidoka. If I train well, hard and consistently, the other things will come naturally over time as a result of that, but they are by-products of my training rather than goals.
The same holds true for other areas of my life – I blog because I want to write, and blogging seems to be the most consistent way of ensuring that I do; I worship the Gods because I want to maintain that relationship, and worship is the best way I know to do that. I find that it’s a much nicer way to approach life than constantly reaching for the brass ring and missing the fact that I’m riding on a carousel. (Now if I could only find a way to apply this to my job… :) )