Saturday, June 22, 2013

30 Days of Beauty-Day 22: Accomplishments

This weekend we made a quick trip to Milwaukee.  Normally I wouldn't go for just a weekend, but my brother, Rob, received his black belt today.  This is such a wonderful accomplishment, and I wanted to be here to help him celebrate.

Rob has been working toward this day for 3 years.  Unfortunately, while nearing his last year of training, he injured his knee and had to have surgery.  He has fought hard to get back in shape and to succeed in meeting his goal.  I'm sure there were times when he wasn't sure that he would make it, but he did!  He had a wonderful teacher, trainer, coach, and friend in Mr. Quirk at Karate America.  He was truly instrumental in encouraging Rob to keep training to reach his goal.

Rob and Mr Quirk
Before actually receiving his black belt in today's ceremony, Rob had a 2 hour test to determine if he passed his black belt qualifications.  He says that it is one of the hardest things that he has ever done, but he feels like he has really earned it.  Mr. Quirk put him through his paces especially in the final sparring that was a requirement.

While it is a major accomplishment for anyone to achieve their first degree black belt, I find a particular beauty in Rob's accomplishment since he had to come back from a major injury.  I am very proud of him, and I am so happy that I am here to witness this celebration of his accomplishment.

Have you found your joy today?

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