Friday, February 17, 2017


When I was in sixth grade, an accident at school affected my eyesight and I ended up having to wear glasses. What used to be a clear view of the world suddenly turned into everything being out of...


But the eyes aren't the only thing that can lose FOCUS. Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you went in there? Or maybe you are paying attention in class, and suddenly what your best friend is doing while sitting next to you is more important than what the teacher is saying. Your mind has lost its FOCUS and you might not have even realized it.

Here's a story about one little girl who never lost her FOCUS, even when things weren't going her way.


One of my students started crying last week during her martial arts class. Everyone was participating in a mat activity and apparently things weren't going her way. She’s young and small and pretty much the slowest runner of the group. Calling her over to me, I asked her why all the tears?

At the ripe old age of six, she felt like a complete failure, destined to never achieve her lofty goal of winning a race.

After drying her tears, I told my young student my nickname was Turtle because with my bad leg I couldn’t even think about running, so that made her my hero for her FOCUS and willingness to at least stay in the game no matter the outcome.


Whenever you start to doubt you can ever reach your goal, just stop long enough to look in the mirror. Tell that kid looking back at you that you are proud of them for staying focused…even if you are a turtle like me.

  sponsored by the KICKS Kids Club

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