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The Story of Sasuke Sarutobi

Sasuke Sarutobi, one of the heroes of ninjutsu, was created in Tachikawa literature at the end of the meiji period. Up until that time, the general image of ninjutsu was related to black arts, witchcraft, magic, hobgoblins, thieves, and assassins. Sasuke was a mischievous boy. Books describe him as an innocent child with a strong sense of justice. In the stories, great importance was placed on humor, with actual combat considered secondary.

One day, Sasuke said to himself, “I’m already ten years old. It’s no longer practical for me to practice yatoo (a form of Kiai-spirit shout) with monkeys and deer. I’ll follow my father’s advice and seek a master swordsman to train me. I’m going to go to Okunoin in the Torie Pass to ask the gods to provide me with a good master.” When Sasuke arrived at Okunoin, he began playing among the clumps of trees rather than practicing yatto. Not satisfied with a stick, Sasuke grappled with a large tree, trying to twist is down. Then, he heard someone laughing at him.

Sasuke called, “Hey, who are you? I’m concentrating on fencing. Don’t you dare laugh at me. Come out here. I’ll not forgive you.” As he looked around, he saw an old man with swept-back long hair tied at the back of his head smiling at him. The man’s hair was as white as snow.

Sasuke asked, “Oh, you laughed at me, didn’t you, old man?”

The old man answered, “Yes I did.”

Sasuke asked him again fiercely, “Why did you laugh at me? Answer me. If there is no good reason, I’ll never forgive you even if you are an old man.”

The old man laughed and said, “Well, Sasuke, you were practicing with a tree, but this is like practicing with a dead enemy. You can’t improve your fencing that way. Do you want to learn fencing so badly?”

This was the age of civil wars, and only a few people could live to an old age. Therefore, Sasuke reasoned, an elderly fencing instructor was surely a master at martial arts.

Sasuke said, “Old man, are you a master of martial arts? I want to learn the secrets of martial arts.” “What are you going to do with them, after you learn them?” “I’ll be a strong swordsman and win fame and honor.”

“Wonderful. What an admirable goal for only a boy! All right. I’m going to five you a lesson in consideration of your zeal and determination.” Sasuke prostrated himself before the old man and thanked him. Then, Sasuke delivered a sword stroke to the old man. However, he had disappeared. Sasuke looked around nervously. Then, he was suddenly tripped by an attack from behind and fell flat on his face. The old man appeared suddenly in front of Sasuke with a smile. The old man taught Sasuke for the next three years.

He tried to teach him the godan or fifth-level secrets by saying, “Don’t you have your eyes in your back? How handicapped you are! “You’ll be a failure unless you know how to defend your weak point, even if you know the unguarded point of your opponent. The secret of defense in martial arts is to always be alert. “Unless one knows his own weak point, he can never be certain that the weak point of his opponent is not a decoy.”

In addition to ankokutoshijutsu techniques for seeing in the dark, Sasuke learned to listen for stealthy footsteps coming from more than thirty meters away. One day the old man handed a scroll to Sasuke and said to him, “Well, Sasuke, this is my parting gift, the rules of Ninjutsu. Carry it with you for life and behave prudently. When you are in combat with others or meet heroes and great men, you’ll never be beaten if you understand what is written in this scroll.” When the old man gave the scroll to Sasuke, he for the first time revealed his name as Hakuunsai Tozawa, and then disappeared.


This story grabbed me for two reasons, one, I was born in Tachikawa and two, the name Sasuke, the name of the Japanese version of American Ninja Warrior.

TBS Date: September 17, 2008

Qualifying day in my area is March 28th, I plan on being there.

I was asked, “You have something to prove to yourself by doing this?” (At my age?) I thought about this and why I want to do this. It is because that is who I am. I am a ninja warrior at heart. I watched training videos on YouTube, and saw that I am not the only one who trains just to train. There are those who are amazing, flexible and have the ability to climb nearly anything. That is who they are, not that they are trying to prove they can do this. They do it everyday. It is a brotherhood of fit, warrior hearts with honor.

(I climb like a monkey, run like the wind and have the patience of a Bonsai tree. at 55 yrs old…

Sasuke, here I come!))


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“Well, little one,” said a Tree to a Reed that was growing at its foot, “why do you not plant your feet deeply in the ground, and raise your head boldly in the air as I do?”

“I am contented with my lot,” said the Reed. “I may not be so grand, but I think I am safer.”

“Safe!” sneered the Tree. “Who shall pluck me up by the roots or bow my head to the ground?” But it soon had to repent of its boasting, for a hurricane arose which tore it up from its roots, and cast it a useless log on the ground, while the little Reed,
bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

Moral of Aesops Fable: Obscurity often brings safety


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A famous Sufi master was invited to give a course in California. The auditorium was full at 8AM – the time announced – when one of the assistants came onto the stage.

“The master is just waking up. Please be patient.”

Time passed, and people started leaving the room. At midday, the assistant returned to the stage, saying that the master would be starting the lecture the minute he finished talking to a pretty girl he had just met. Most of the remaining audience left.

At 4PM the master appeared – apparently drunk. This time, all but 6 people stormed out.

“I will teach you this,” said the master, ceasing to act drunk. “Whoever wishes to go down a long path, must learn that the first lesson is to overcome early disappointments.”

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Once there lived a little girl in Mexico called Juanita. She worked hard every day and raised a patch of pepper. One morning, when Juanita carne to tend to her patch she saw a ram happily grazing in her pepper patch! “Shoo!” she said, but the ram did not go away.

Just then a hen passed by and said, “I will chase the ram away!” But the ram butted the poor hen away. Then came a dog and tried to scare the ram away. But the ram was fiercer and scared the poor dog away. The big bad bull was proud of his strength. He too tried to chase the ram away. But the ram was stronger and the bull ran away! Then a little bumblebee came buzzing, “Little girl, don’t cry! Let me try!” Hearing this, the ram laughed so hard that he forgot bees sting. “Ouch! Ouch!” cried the naughty ram in pain. He ran far, far away from the pepper patch! Juanita thanked the bumblebee and since then, the little Mexican girl and the tiny bumblebee became good friends.

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I always tell people that it isn’t about size, it is about execution. Take a bullet that weighs a couple grams, it can kill you. The new year approaches, 2015, the year of the Ram. (~_~)


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It was December 25, 1914, only 5 months into World War I, German, British, and French soldiers, already sick and tired of the senseless killing, disobeyed their superiors and fraternized with “the enemy” along two-thirds of the Western Front (a crime punishable by death in times of war). German troops held Christmas trees up out of the trenches with signs, “Merry Christmas.”

“You no shoot, we no shoot.” Thousands of troops streamed across a no-man’s land strewn with rotting corpses. They sang Christmas carols, exchanged photographs of loved ones back home, shared rations, played football, even roasted some pigs. Soldiers embraced men they had been trying to kill a few short hours before. They agreed to warn each other if the top brass forced them to fire their weapons, and to aim high.

the Christmas truce


from my family to yours, have a very merry Christmas.. regardless of race, religion or culture. This is the time of year when the heart grows and the mind opens. Peace on Earth and good will toward Man kind. (~_~)

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merry Christmas to all


Well, the new general where I work gave a speech and told this little tale about the “outhouse” ( after he presented me with the “Employee of the Month Award (~_~)… Art~

Now man kind has been pooping outside, behind the bushes, for many years. Even when it was raining they pooped in the rain and when it snowed, they pooped in the snow… now man probably built the first out house but you can bet it was a woman that made him do it. Buford had some old wood laying around from the old barn, so he built an out house to please his wife. But the concept caught on till nearly every one had an out house. Then one day a man was designing his family home when the woman suggested that the out house be attached to the home so they didn’t have to walk into the rain or snow. Man has made some outstanding things through out the years but you can bet it was an woman’s idea.


There was once a country boy who hated using the outhouse because it was hot in the summer and freezing in the winter…plus it stank all the time. The outhouse was situated on the bank of a creek and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse into the creek.

So one day after a spring rain the creek was swollen so the little boy decided today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. He got a large stick and started pushing. Finally, the outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away.

 That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper. Knowing this meant a spanking, the little boy asked why. The dad replied, “Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you, wasn’t it, son?”

 The boy answered yes. Then he thought a moment and said, “Dad, I read in school today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn’t get into trouble because he told the truth.”

 The dad replied, “Well, son, George Washington’s father wasn’t in that cherry tree.”


outhouse humor


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Once there was a goat who was walking to town to eat with his friend the llama. As the goat was walking, he came upon a man who was looking like he was either about to scream or cry. The goat asked the man, “what’s wrong?”

The man replied that his wife had just left him.

The goat said, “well, that’s nice, gotta go,”

but the man said, “wait! I sense that you are an enlightened master who has come to teach me the way to enlightenment in my time of need. Please teach me all that you have to know.” The goat reluctantly agreed, and took the man on as a student. The man followed the goat for many days, and tried to talk about spiritual things. Every time he did, the goat would bite him on the arm or leg, whatever was closest. The man realized the wisdom in this, and began to enjoy the journey itself. However, one day, he was feeling unsatisfied with the situation, and pleaded with the goat to teach him something about the nature of the Universe.

The goat reluctantly agreed, and after finding a good place for meditative thought next to a lake, began to instruct the man: “Tell me, man, can these trees continue to grow if the sun stops shining?” “No, Master, it cannot. Without the sun, the trees will die.” “And what of the rivers? Can they continue to flow without the rain?” “No, Master, they cannot. Without the rain, the rivers will dry.” “And what of the teachings that lead to enlightenment? Can enlightenment occur without someone to teach the teachings of enlightenment?”

“No, Master, I do not believe that they can. Without a Master, all of the teachings will disappear, and no one will be able to be enlightened.”

“Wrong!” the goat said sharply. “In the case of the sunshine and trees, and in the case of the water and the river, there was always a cause and an effect. For each effect within the world, you can be sure there is a cause, and for each cause, there must, by definition, be an effect. But the teachings of enlightenment do not exist, and therefore have no cause or effect. Why not? Can you tell me why not?”

The man looked confused, and said, “Master, I don’t understand. Why do you say that the teachings of enlightenment do not exist?”

The goat breathed deeply, and said, “Okay, let me try my question in another way. You say I am an enlightened Master. How did I get to be an enlightened Master? Take your time and answer me correctly.” The man closed his eyes and thought deeply. Many different answers came through his head, but none of them felt correct. He waited until he thought of an answer that seemed so obvious, he wondered why he had not thought of it. “Through your past lifetimes, Master. You have been practicing for many lifetimes and you were able to overcome all hardships and reach enlightenment.”

“Wrong!” the goat said again. “Please, think about the answer and try again.” The man sighed, and again closed his eyes and thought deeply.

Again many answers came into his mind, and in fact many of the same answers came again and again. He began to doubt for a moment whether or not his first answer was correct, but he quickly removed all doubt from his mind with an effort of will. He then thought, in order for me to come up with the correct answer, I should stop thinking about anything at all. Then, all of a sudden, an answer came into his head. “Through the power of the Universe. You came to be a Master because of the power of the Universe, which somehow knew that I would need you. Everything works out! Everything has a plan! I understand now, Master!”

“Wrong again!” the goat said in the same tone as before. “This is the last time. Please, think about the answer and try again.”

The man began to breathe heavily. He was discouraged and couldn’t understand what the answer was supposed to be. He closed his eyes and tried to think deeply again. Something was bothering him, now. He thought that he had found some sort of new understanding, but now his doubt was now back, stronger than before. He tried and tried, but he couldn’t ignore it or push it away as before. Then, all of a sudden, it hit him. “Goats can’t talk!”

The goat got up from where he was sitting and bit the man on the arm, and walked away. The man was enlightened.

zen slap


2015 …the year of the goat



It’s easy to regard time as a commodity—we even speak of “saving” or “spending” it. We often regard it as an enemy, when we feel it slipping away before we’re ready for time to be up. The Zen view of time is radically different than that: time is not something separate from our life; rather, our life is time. Understand this, says Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and you can live fully and freely right where you are in each moment. 


The word “zen” is a Japanese way of pronouncing “chan”, which is the Chinese way of pronouncing the Indian Sanskrit “dhyana” or “sunya”, meaning emptiness or void. This is the basis of zen itself – that all life and existence is based on a kind of dynamic emptiness (a view now supported by modern science, which sees phenomena at a sub-atomic level popping in and out of existence in a quantum froth).


I have been grappling with the idea that time is like a river, flowing toward the end. For each of us it is a different trip all heading to the final destination. Life is not about the destination but about the journey.  Art~ (~_~)





have a zen filled day


One day Emperor Akbar and Birbal were taking a walk in the palace gardens. It was a nice summer morning and there were plenty of crows happily playing around the pond. While watching the crows, a question came into Akbar’s head. He wondered how many crows were there in his kingdom.


Since Birbal was accompanying him, he asked Birbal this question. After a moment’s thought, Birbal replied, “There are ninety-five thousand four hundred and sixty-three crows in the Kingdom”.


Amazed by his quick response, Akbar tried to test him again, “What if there are more crows than you answered?” Without hesitating Birbal replied, “If there are more crows than my answer, then some crows are visiting from other neighboring kingdoms”. “And what if there are less crows”, Akbar asked. “Then some crows from our kingdom have gone on holidays to other places”.


Moral: There is always a way if you think with ease.




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