To give a person one’s opinion and correct his faults is an important thing. It is compassionate and comes first in matters of service. But the way of doing this is extremely difficult. To discover the good and bad points of a person is an easy thing, and to give an opinion concerning them is easy too. For the most part, people think they are being kind by saying the things that others find distasteful or difficult to say. But if it is not received well, they think that there is nothing more to be done. This is completely worthless.
When I started this idea of the Urban Samurai, I did it entirely for me. I started writing…and publishing online…and it was to no one. Day 1 of any web site has zero audience. Maybe some poor sap who stumbled upon the website because the domain name was cool. Or because they were trying to find that group of actors at urbansamurai.org. After a couple of weeks I realized that after putting this stuff all out there for the whole world to see…that I wanted the world to actually see it.
So obviously I wanted this to be for me AND you. And, one day I wrote this letter to my kids called Perfect Parenting and thought it was pretty good and I posted it. And all these people came to read it. I started this Facebook fan page and people have started to go there. Then I just posted Infinite Finish Line, and another pile of people have come to the site. And they’re still coming.
It’s both humbling and driving my ego up at the same time.
In the last couple of weeks, I have caught myself speaking to ‘you’ in some posts. This is the equivalent of a kid who is learning how to ride a bike, and at the same time showing other kids in the neighborhood how to ride a bike, while he’s pedaling, and falling, licking his wounds and getting back up again. It just shouldn’t be. I still have so much to learn.
Hopefully Urban Samurai is entertaining for you. I’m sure if it’s not, most of you wouldn’t return. And for some of you, if it helps you a bit here or there, if it makes one day brighter, or alters one decision for the better…then that makes me happy. But I can’t take too much credit, these are mostly just the words of the books I’m reading. I’m the one calling attention to them…so I guess that counts for something, but nothing to get too carried away about.
I just wanted to highlight the fact that I don’t know most of the people reading this. And any time this feels like lecturing, it’s not meant that way.
Thanks for coming. Thanks for reading. It is truly humbling to have you here.