Updated: Sep 25, 2021
Dedicated to our Dojo's newest Black Belts...
You stand today on a mountain top
Looking out on a world opened up
With endless possibilities
Doors once locked, to which you found keys.
To get here, a journey of many years
Sweat and tears, conquered fears
Doubts you faced along the way
Demons that you had to slay.
You were never alone; you traveled with others.
Fellow warriors, now sisters and brothers.
There were victories won, lessons learned,
Every one, so hard-earned.
It's not a road that many take
This path of challenge for challenge sake
Or have seen the view from this great height.
Enjoy the view and some hard-earned rest
Allow yourself to savor the glory.
As you reflect on this chapter of your story.
And, of course, in the course of time
There will be other mountains to climb.
You're a Black Belt; it's what you do And this world you look out at looks to you
For now more than ever what we need
Good, strong people like you to lead.
To fight for right, stick up for the weak, To help others climb their own peak.
It's a tall order, but you are ready.
You're tough and true, brave and steady.
Whatever the battle, you will not fear it.
Because you have Indomitable Spirit.
May 8, 2021