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Dragonfly Dojo
Isshinryu Karate-do and Kobudo

The Dragonfly


Once in a little pond, in the muddy water under a lily pad, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances or interruptions.

Once in a while sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened, their friend was dead- gone forever.

Then one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept his body changed. When he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying. So fly he did!

And as he soared, he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to any he had known existed. Then he remembered his beetle friends and how by now they were thinking he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them-explain to them he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled, not ended!

But his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come when they too would know what he now knew. So he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!

-Anonymous

Dedicated to the memory of Sensei Sherman Harrill
11 May 1941 - 4 November 2002