A post from the Aikiweb .com forum 19th July 2006, posted by David Chalk:
A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, everything had been picked up and the room was tidy. Then he saw an envelope propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed “Dad”. With trepidation, thinking the worst he opened the envelope and read the letter with trembling hands.
Dear Dad. It is with great regret and sorrow that I write this note. I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with you and mum.
I’ve been finding real passion with Tracy and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her because of all her tattoos and piercings, her tight motorcycle leathers and because she is much older than me. But its not only the passion, Dad, she’s pregnant. Tracy said we will be very happy as she owns a trailer in the woods and has enough firewood to last most of the winter. We share a dream of having many more children.
Tracy has also opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana really doesn’t hurt anyone. We will be growing it for ourselves and we can trade it with the others in the commune for as much cocaine and ecstasy as we want, maybe making a profit to spend on drink and cigarettes. In the meanwhile we’ll be praying science will find a cure for AIDS, so Tracy can get better. So don’t worry dad, I’m 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I’m sure we’ll be back to visit so you can get to know your many grandchildren.
Love, your son, John.
PS: Dad, none of the above is true. I’m over at Tom’s house; I just want to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report that’s on my desk. I love you!
Call when it is safe for me to come home.
A good example of the principles of Aikido!
Life in action. ‘Big’ Aikido.
- Zanshin - awareness of possible issues and outcomes in advance (sen no sen – translated means ‘before – before’).
- Putting into place a ‘before the event’ strategy.
- Redirecting the potential energy of a confrontation.
- Diffusing the situation before it happens.
BLEND and HARMONISE!
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