Consequential Sequence: Capability, Humility and Respect

Life is rich with relationships. Give and take, cause and effect and consequential sequencing are among the most prominent relationship models between things, people, factors and entities. Consequential sequencing—the effect or consequence one thing has on another, and the resulting sequence—is the most fascinating.

One of life’s more powerful consequential sequences is the relationship between the qualities of capability, humility and respect. These states of being are often misunderstood individually, collectively, and in their respective relationship to each other. An authentic martial arts practice provides a rich opportunity for them to be experienced, explored, understood and, ultimately, powerfully employed.

The Sequence of Capability, Humility and Respect

Capability relates to developing and then possessing an ability for particular skills or knowledge. As we develop an ability, we begin appreciating our capability and feel compelled to explore ourselves, and life, more deeply. This exploration leads us to realize how vast the universe is, how relatively small as individual entities we are in comparison, and how much more there is to learn and to live—a humbling process. The resulting humility allows us to share our capabilities and benefit others, ultimately earning their appreciative esteem and respect. Capability invites humility, which in turn creates respect.

This sequence can work in reverse, as well. When we are respected by others without using force, our resulting appreciation for that respect creates humility. The sharing and accessible state of humility keeps us engaged in our area of accomplishment/knowledge, thereby sustaining capability. The flow of this sequence, in one direction and then the other, is one of the more powerful and pleasurable oscillations of life.

Although an authentic martial arts practice can provide a rich environment in which to experience and develop and accelerate this consequential sequence, we can start right now with where we are in this moment. . So start today, by practicing and experiencing capability, humility and respect… and discover the martial artist in you!

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  1. a student says:

    As a student at Sun Soo now for almost a year and a half, I’ve started to really understand these three things – capability, humility and respect. The more I practice, the more I value and respect the capabilities of the higher ranking students. And that creates humility which lets me be more open to feedback about my practice and techniques. Which in turn makes me feel more capable. And it never really ends. There is always more to learn.

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