Intention - Fantasy versus Reality
12 Apr 2010
In Tai Chi Chuan - indeed, in all martial arts - we say there are doers and talkers. I suspect it is this way among a wide range of pursuits, but we see it in martial arts a lot: a person who enthusiastically talks the subject into the ground, but never carries through on promises to pursue it for real. He'll come to a class and talk for a half hour before and after class about how enthusiastic he and how much he loves the class and how he ready to devote his life to Tai Chi, then never show for a second class.
The point of mentioning this is our need to distinguish between fantasy and reality.
Many things we think we want to do with our life, is really just something we find interesting. Interesting enough to read about or watch on video, but not interesting enough to practice on their own.
This gets to the heart of the nature of true intention, the subject of the second chapter in Tai Chi In Your Life. The basic point is that until we get real with ourselves about what we want to accomplish, it will never happen. You can dream about wild success or happiness as a rock star or elected official or CPA or dentist or whatever tickles your fancy, but you either take the steps required to achieve your goal, or it is just a dream. You have no true intention.
Think about your dreams and reality. Perhaps it is time to start making things happen. Are you ready?