Random acts of kindness are an integral part of living a Black Belt life. Service is important on many levels. Service is tied directly to respect and integrity, both tenets of Taekwondo.
When we respect each other we tend to do kind things for each other. Providing a service freely is doing something positive without being asked. Integrity is doing the right thing without being watched. Service and integrity are about setting a positive example for others.
“Prayer in action is love...and love in action is service.” -- Mother Teresa
When a student graduates from White Belt to Yellow Belt, I tell them that they have to honor and respect the belt, that they are on a journey to bigger and better things, and they need to be responsible. Part of the responsibility of wearing any colored belt is to perform random acts of kindness. As a Yellow Belt each student should perform at least one random act of kindness each day. And with each belt comes more responsibility...and more acts of kindness. Just think how many acts of kindness I perform...I’m a 6th Degree Black Belt!
Providing service to those in need puts you in a positive light. Very often you, the giver, will get much more than the receiver. Being kind and offering a helping hand can be contagious. And it’s the right thing to do. I’m sure you’ve seen the tv commercial by an insurance company of one person aiding another and then it completes the cycle.
Some acts of service are small, like cleaning up your bedroom or family room without being asked. Holding a door open for someone, picking up something that someone has dropped, turning in a lost item, helping a neighbor, setting the dinner table...these are all acts of kindness.
What other acts of kindness can you think of?
Service is an integral part of UMAC and the way we teach Taekwondo. We have always given back. In years past UMAC has supported many organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Most recently UMAC supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
UMAC will be doing a kick-a-thon again this year to support LLS so...MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Our UMAC Kick-a-thon to Kick Out Cancer is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014, and I hope you make the effort to participate. As the message says, Cancer Ends With Me...and service begins with you.