Thanks to all those who have helped me extensively on my journey!
First of all I want to thank my great family for supporting me all this time and reminding me life's never as hard as I make it out to be. =) You contribute to everything I do and I could never thank you enough, or in as many ways which you deserve. THANK YOU!
Second I want to say thanks to everyone who has taught me something and lifted me up professionally and spiritually. The rest of this post will be a homage to the great things you've taught me recently, so that your guidance may help others on their journey.
Third, I'd like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has liked my stuff on Facebook, signed up for the newsletter, attended my classes, subscribed, and/or shared my content. If it wasn't for you Move With Life would still simply be a dream I write about in my journal, and a vision I have in my head as opposed to the reality YOU make it. Thank you for following and allowing me to share my passion and journey with y'all. I hope it's been worth it, much more greatness to come.
So let's dive into some recent glimpses of enlightenment I have gained from my current mentors, and friends. Felicia Brown, Dave Cial, Rick Panico, Bushi Yamato Damashii, and Rodney J Owen.
Felicia Brown has been a great inspiration to me as well as an exceptional example of leadership, love, and gratitude.
Recently due to some unforeseen circumstances I've had to shift away from teaching classes at A to Zen, her business. On my last day of classes she brought all massage therapists on staff to our last 2 minutes of class with a cake and procession all the while singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." =) After my bright red blushing face subsided, my students and I finished our practice and headed over to the break room to enjoy some cake.
What stands out to me far more than just the kind gesture, is the attentiveness and caring understanding she puts into everything she does to take care of us, her employees/independent contractors + clients. Not only did she plan the surprize but she also took extra care to make sure the cake was of my favorite variety and that my students could enjoy it as well. Not to mention all the other things she does, such as plan various employee activities, keep the break room and business stocked with snacks and various other non business essential things, supplies us with learning materials based on our personal goals and ambitions, and yearly meetings to help us progress as well as achieve our personal and professional goals. I can't say enough good about this woman and the great impact she's had on my career and life, thank you Fifi!
Dave Cial has been my friend and teacher for such a long time! A journey over 15 years has allowed me to see a vast transformation in both of us. We've been together through thick and thin. Through good times, bad, and everything in between. I remember very vividly talking to Dave on the Satelite Phone in Afghanistan numerous times being interrupted by incoming mortar fire or other types of combat disturbances. Going through that and many other things brought to light that Dave was much more than just my Kung Fu instructor he truly was and is a great friend of mine. Likewise the talks we've had on coming to terms with life circumstances from divorce, to relationships, and business, Dave has taught me that we all have our trials and tribulations. Regardless of how much we train in meditation, martial arts, chi kung etc. the flow of life will remind you just how soft you are and in turn that it is up to you to hold onto your most important values. Which for him always continues to be his faith and love for his wife Maryanne.
Lessons I've learned from Dave span through every aspect of life and in looking back on the changes each of us have went through reminds me of the gift of hardship. Hardship that brings the fruit of perseverance to the forefront. Alongside of perseverance, our time together always serves as a reminder that traditional roles aren't as important as human values of respect, kindness, faith and love. Dave has taught me that it is not your personal expectations or aspirations which are important, rather it is the persistent practice of virtues you hold dear, and that silent faith will do all the necessary healing. It's just our job to let it. Thank you my friend and let's have many more great times together.
Rick Panico has been an exceptional example of traditional martial art ethos since the day I met him. Always greeting others with kindness, respect, and pure wu de, he's helped me see that it's always a great thing to give others the benefit of the doubt and not take things for granted. I first met Rick at a Traditional Lion dance he did for a local martial art school. His technique was impeccable but what really impressed me was his patience and kindness he displayed to my children (seen in the videos above). By taking time away from the festivities to show them how to play the traditional Chinese drum his spirit truly shines.
Another great lesson I learned from Rick is being respectful even in the face of disrespect. He continued to be respectful and caring publicly and privately to a certain school owner even after the person themselves were quite disrespectful and rude. Rick through his actions continues to be a great example for me to aspire to. He is always one to invite me to events he has with his students and friends even though I am not directly nor traditionally his student he always includes me. Thank you very much Rick your martial spirit and ethos clearly shine through your actions.
Bushi Yamato Damashii
My friend Bushi has helped me come to terms with many things, trauma, stress, etc, but the most potent thing he has inspired me to do is to sit. Sitting has brought about much of my modern understanding, freedom, and deep appreciation for every aspect of life.
Observe, reflect, grow and experience everything anew. This practice is something that has completely changed my life and continues to bring a newness and a freedom to everything I do.
Almost synonymous to gaining enlightenment through sitting meditation has been Bushi's talks on mindset and the equivocal deep exploring discussions we have regularly at his temple. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for being a guide and inspiration to question myself for answers.
The greatest gift and liberation I currently feel is the understanding that I am nothing. Thank you Bushi for helping me take the steps to find this true sense of freedom.
Rodney J Owen
Rodney is the first friend I made when I first relocated here in NC over 5 years ago. An Army veteran at heart he always lightens my mood and reminds me not to take things so seriously. Doing this all the while being an astute businessman, loving husband, father, talented bass guitarist, Chen style Tai Chi instructor, and self fashioned Taoist. Rodney's quality to keep everything afloat and seemingly smooth sailing consistently baffles me as to how he does it.
Rodney has taught me a lot in the ways of Hun Yuan Chi Kung but more so he's helped me with his unique way to approach life. If we were to say that Bushi has helped me come to the foundation of nothingness, Rodney has helped me put that nothingness to action while keeping a certain lightness to achievement.
Rodney to me has been a living reminder to never let one thing get the best of the other. He's always guided me to keep in mind that hobby's are as important as the doing of things. In this outlook and many others he has helped me enjoy life and not lose myself in what I strive for while getting it. For these lessons, and the many great times together, I am thankful. Thanks my friend!
Thank you to everyone! I wish all a happy Thanksgiving with the friendly reminder to share your thanks freely!
Daniel R. Hyde
Licensed Massage Therapist
OIF, OEF Veteran
U.S. Marine Corps
Kwan Ying Do Kung Fu
Tai Chi Chuan
Tui Na, Chinese Massage
Shiatsu, Japanese Massage