During a war, a group of people was fleeing from the enemy. Among them were an old man and a woman with a baby. For many days they ran and hid, always with the enemy close behind and danger from every corner.
As they ran, others in groups helped the mother carry the baby, except for the old man, who was already very weak.
After a few days the Old man was so tired he just couldn’t go on. He fell by the side of the road and lay there breathless. The others stopped to help, but he urged them on, asking them to just leave him there. He had given up all will to live, all desire for life or for the future.
The enemy was fast approaching, so the others were anxious to move on. The woman with the baby then looked down at the old man and said, “It’s your turn. You must fulfill your responsibility.”
She placed the baby in the in the old man’s lap and went after the other who were hurrying away. Inside, her heart beat terribly for the child, but she kept going. Others in the group wondered why she was leaving her baby there to die. What kind of a mother was she? But still, they all kept moving.
Meanwhile, the old man held the baby, while the sound of the enemy drew nearer. His heart was filled with weariness and despair, yet he was stirred by the baby moving and mumbling next to him. His life had been full and long, with much pain and happiness, and he just felt too tired to go on. But beside him was a little baby who had many years ahead and so much to live for.
He could not just lie there and take that away from the child. Strength and new energy flowed into his veins. He picked up the child and ran as best as he could to catch up to the others.
On and on he went with only one thought in his mind: the safety of the child. Nothing else mattered, not fear, weariness, and hunger. On and on he ran until in the distance he could see his friends still moving quickly. He was so close only a little farther to go to reach them.
Before long, he caught up with them, stumbling into their midst with the precious baby, and gasping for breath. The others was amazed as this feat and wondered where he has found the strength to run with the child with a resoluteness and determination they hadn’t seen before.
Gently, he handed the child to the mother, who took back the little body lovingly. He hears was filled of joy, both for her child and for the old man. Together they continued onward, away from the enemy until they were safe and secure.
Whenever I am dealing with challenges, I often reflect back to this story as my source of motivation. I realized that most of the time, we are not aware of our own inner strength. It is so easy to be a victim of our false self- image that results us into putting so much limitations to ourselves. I personally have been very good at doubting myself and have not been seeking for my hidden ability that I have inside but with Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teaching and the reminder of this story, I find myself striving for change. In this powerful story, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is teaching us what it means for us to find our purpose. Just like the old man thought he couldn’t even take a single step or any willingness to fight for his life, the baby became his purpose in order to endure his weaknesses and break away from the limitations that he puts upon himself. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim always teaches us that if we feel we cannot do it for ourselves, to have a purpose to do it for somebody else; to save others and make a difference in their life. Through that, we can a find a source to empower ourselves to find the strength we never thought we had and get to know ourselves in a way that we never knew ourselves before.
HE CAN DO SHE CAN DO WHY NOT ME!
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