Hector and the Search For . . . Systema

hectorThe best movie I have ever seen was a recent one — Hector and the Search For Happiness. It was truly a great movie, inspired and deeply impactful.

The main character is a psychiatrist who is unhappy with virtually all aspects of his life. He travels the world in search of the secrets to happiness. Without giving away too much, the theme of the movie was clear — It is not the pursuit of happiness that matters; rather, it is the happiness of the pursuit.

Not surprisingly, I related this to my Systema training. For a long period of time, I thought that “when I reach a certain level, then I can relax and enjoy. . . . .” Or “when a certain number of students consistently come to class, then and only then will my school be considered a success.”  Not surprisingly, when you put things that matter on hold, they never really comes. Time becomes an enemy and happiness becomes elusive.

Do you know how many people came to my class last night?

Neither do I.

I did not count. I simply relaxed, taught the very best that I could and enjoyed every second. Time just flew by and the end result was a room filled to the brim with people who were laughing, training hard and enjoying themselves. As was I.

“It is not the pursuit of happiness that matters; rather, it is the happiness of the pursuit.”

I did not seek happiness, nor put it on hold unless specific numbers where met. I just taught and in the process, happiness found me.

In other words, it was a perfect night.

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