Tears in the River

So there I am, standing on the beach, overlooking the ocean, with tears streaming down my cheeks. I was 4 years old and I had just witnessed the destruction of my very first sand castle!

You see, it seems “the adults” failed to mention, that day when they encouraged me to go down by the water and build a sand castle, that no matter how beautiful, magnificent, or how much I loved the sand castle I built, the sea would reach out, like a spider towards a new found captive, and destroy everything I had built!

” It seems there is a time to say good bye to everything.”

Now, here I am standing on a bridge overlooking the Arno River

in Florence, Italy, tears streaming down my cheeks, falling into the water below. The river disappears under my feet, taking my tears to the same sea that destroyed my sand castles as a boy.

“I miss you all, with all my heart!”

I don’t miss my house, or my car, or my stuff, or even the sentimental things I gave away. But I miss you all, terribly. All of you that I taught, and loved, and friended along the way. I miss your smiles, the twinkle in your eyes, your tears, your struggles, your breakthroughs! I miss the rhythm of the Dojo life. The symphony of laughter, music, and love! I miss looking you in the eyes and hearing the wisdom of your heart.

I spent 35 years on fire for the art of Shaolin Kung Fu, I played this message of love, wisdom, and creative power, like a saxophonist on a mountain top in the moonlight, afraid that the sun would come up on my song before I finished it.

Now, I am truly humbled. Yet in the silence I am moving closer to my own heart, and falling deeper into my soul. I know I am here for a reason, partly an intuition I can see, and partly a mystery yet to be revealed….. but I wanted you all to know that I miss you and our time together, which is a gift that will last forever!


Peace, Si Gong

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