Together we can make a difference.
You see, there are different sides to The Aipa Project. When I first started this blog I only wrote about training, being strong, and nutrition, but that’s not what life is all about. There’s more to life than just that. Hell, there’s more to me than just that.
In lua, the Hawaiian martial arts, I learned about the duality of life. You can’t always be strong and firm. You must learn how to be graceful and soft as well.
That is life.
The balance between grace and strength. When you have this balance, you maintain pono with the world around you. And when you live pono , you are able to make a difference with Aloha.
Here’s a great clip of Uncle Robert Keli’iho’omalu talking about what Aloha is to him. Just listening to him speak, you can feel his mana and Aloha:
Aloha doesn’t only go towards how you treat others, but most importantly, it goes towards how you treat and think about yourself.
This post didn’t come out of the blue. I felt the need to share the essence of Aloha after hearing of Nelson Mandela’s death.
Seth Godin , author and someone I think is a marketing genius, wrote:
A Legacy of Mandela
Others can better write about Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world stage, on how he stood up for the dignity of all people and on how he changed our world.
For those that seek to make a change in the world, whether global or local, one lesson of his life is this:
You can make a difference.
You can stand up to insurmountable forces.
You can put up with far more than you think you can.
Your lever is far longer than you imagine it is, if you choose to use it.
If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.
Living Aloha doesn’t happen automatically. It takes time, effort, patience, and constant self development and discovery. Being laid back, nice, “local”, and Hawaiian doesn’t mean you live Aloha.
Remember – duality.
Aloha is also about be strong, firm, proactive, and righteous.
That is what I learned and continue to learn during my journey towards building a Kū body and living with Aloha.
So what is Aloha?
That’s for you to think about.
Aloha and Be Kū.
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