The Future’s So Bright
I got a surprise in the mail recently, from a blast from my past Colonel Waldemar Carmona.
It was a letter congratulating me on my success and wishing us well; and also the above picture which he said he knew would “make me smile”.
He was right.
Colonel Carmona was my boss and one of my early leadership mentors.
I was a young Captain under his tutelage and learned a lot from him.
I also taught his son in my small commmunity martial arts program on the base.
Even throughout my military career I always both trained and taught.
I also was honing my leadership under great mentors.
I suppose it was always my destiny to one day open the school that would grow into the awesome leadership development and martial arts academy that we have today.
Ironically, this pic is from around 97/98- only a short time before I opened the dojo in October of 2000.
There are three meditations (lessons) that I derive from this picture:
- We never know where the seeds we are sowing will take us. I mean, sometimes we do, when we are deliberately sowing towards a specific vision or goal, which i’ve done a lot too… but other times, as in the moment in time represented by the picture, we are sowing seeds for a master plan God has for us before we realize that’s what we are doing.
- I am so grateful that I had great mentors like Colonel Carmona, and that I get to be one to others today. I am grateful I mentor and am still mentored, and also for the great memories that such experiences produce, in addition to the results.
- The future was so bright I had to wear sunglasses. It still is.
Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!
Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts
Author of Developing Your Superpowers Meditations On Mastery Vol One
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