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Squished like a grape

My last post referenced a 1980’s movie classic “Valley Girl” and if it’s one thing I like its movies of the 1980’s so here’s another (and it probably won’t be the last)….

Probably one of my favorite movies growing up in the 80’s was the “The Karate Kid”.  Here’s a great sequence when Daniel and Mr. Miyagi are about to begin their training together:

Miyagi: Now, ready?

Daniel: Yeah, I guess so.

Miyagi: [sighs] Daniel-san, must talk.

[they both kneel]

Miyagi: Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later

[makes squish gesture]

Miyagi: get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do “yes” or karate do “no.” You karate do “guess so,”

[makes squish gesture]

Miyagi: just like grape. Understand?

Daniel: Yeah, I understand.

Miyagi: Now, ready?

Daniel: Yeah, I’m ready.

I thought this sequence was funny when I was young but understand its wisdom now that I’m old.

In anything I do: education, career, sports or working out nothing makes me feel better than going out and giving something my all.  I know it may sound cliché but when I put in the time on something and really give it my best effort I never feel bad no matter the outcome because I sleep soundly at night knowing I did my best.

The reverse of that when you go into something and go half speed, half-assed leaves me feeling tired, lousy or a loser.  I do not like feeling this way and that’s why I come to a situation and I know I can’t give my best effort then I need to dial back and asses that situation.  If I can’t give my best then I need to figure out why not or is it really worth my effort.

As Mr. Miyagi explains if cannot give your all to something than [squish] “just like grape.”