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Butterfly Effect -- Black Belt Style

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 17:19 -- UMAC


The Butterfly Effect is part of chaos theory, and its also the title of a movie illustrating how small initial differences may lead to larger unforeseen consequences over time. Imagine the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in China could be directly related to a hurricane halfway around the world...the butterfly effect.

At the tender age of 11, Malala Yousafzai began writing a diary depicting life in Pakistan under the Taliban, specifically about education. Almost one year ago, at the age of 15, Malala was shot in the head by a Talib, for wanting to “live my life as I want”...”all girls have the right to go to school.” Malala lived to continue her war against illiteracy and terrorism by “picking up our books and pens.” Today at the age of 16 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite not winning this award her story is amazing and inspirational. You can appreciate her accomplishments and see how Malala has changed the world in this article on policymic.


Malala demonstrates Black Belt character with her integrity. She is focused and determined in her pursuit of education for all people. She is passionate, inspiring and demonstrates indomitable spirit and a positive can-do attitude. She is living her Worthy Ideal.

Do you think at the age of 11 when she started writing her diary she thought she would have this kind of an effect on the world?

Are you ready to make a positive difference in the world?

Every day you and I can act the same way and demonstrate Black Belt character. We get to make a difference in the world. We have an opportunity to brighten up someone’s day...with a simple smile, or holding a door open, or performing a random act of kindness.

Taekwondo training teaches us to be focused and goal-oriented, to have a positive can-do attitude, to take care of our body physically, mentally, and spiritually, to respect all things and people, and to give of ourselves without any thought of payback.

Black Belt Butterfly Effect

Have you ever thought how one word, just one simple, active word, can change how you approach life and influence others?

When you are about to say goodbye to family or friends, do you say, “have a great day.” or “make it a great day!”?

Think about this for a minute. How do we “have” a great day? We can have an apple, or we can have a drink of water. But can we have a day?

Every day we have the opportunity to make it a great day, for ourselves, our friends, family, and even strangers. Think how this one simple, active word, could be inspiring to someone. You have just wished, or may be challenged someone, to MAKE it a great day.

You are positive and confident that you will do everything in your power to make it a great day. You work hard and accomplish your tasks. You eat nutritious food and nurture your body. You train hard and improve your performance. You made sure you get a good nights rest. You successfully tackle any challenges or obstacles by thinking and using positive solutions. You did all this for yourself, you made it a great day. And when you are making it a great day, your positive attitude is contagious.

So put on a big smile and when you see your friends or say goodbye to your mom for dropping you off at school, or if you are in a service-oriented business, say “make it a great day!” Hey, you never know, they might actually take you up on it. And Ta-Da! You have made a positive difference in the world.

You see, what you think is a small inconsequential everyday act of kindness and respect can have a major impact on someone elses life.

Make it a great day!

Master Berlow

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