Let’s Create Together

 

“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” – Kung-Fu saying

Photo of Ria G. Rombaoa

By Kenton Sefcik

 

I started writing almost by accident.

 

As a few of you know, my profession is that of a Registered Acupuncturist (Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner).  What this entails is me placing sterile, once-use-only needles into my patients to help their bodies remember to heal.  There’s a lot of downtime between placing the needles and cashing the patient out – even when I’m running two rooms back to back – because a 20 minute rest is needed for the needles to do their job.

 

When I began in this field, I had a lot of questions and worries.  Sometimes I felt, while sitting in my clinic alone, that starting a small business was the wrong thing to do.  I was very blessed, however, to have some people to ‘talk’ to.  I use the world ‘talk’ loosely as ‘emails’ were written back and forth on more than a weekly basis.  I also use the world ‘emails’ loosely because they were more like novels.

 

I was writing – a lot.  After a few years in practice I started following a blog by a Kung-Fu practitioner Suki Gosal.  I wanted to start my own, and since I was writing so much, I figured I could handle it.  A short time after, Suki asked me if I’d like to join forces with him.  At the time, I had joined Suki and two other writers and thus began my journey.

 

After those first years in practice I got a rhythm down and between patients, or when they were resting with their needles in, I would write.  I started reaching out to other writers, bloggers and martial artists.  I set up interviews, wrote guest blog posts and articles, and exchanged ideas.  I decided that writing would be another hat, so I put it on and worked hard to get published in a reputable martial arts magazine.

 

It is said in Kung-Fu that, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”  I believe this to be true of other things, like how I found writing – or more likely – how writing found me.  It snuck up on me and when I least expected it and became a part of me.

 

I’d never considered myself an artist.  I was always jealous of how my children, still in the single digits, could draw better than me.  How my wife could look at a room and remake it in her head, then put it to paper.  How others could dance, skateboard and play chess.  I always wanted that.

 

If you are a human being, you have art inside of you waiting to come out.  Your art might not look like art in the strictest sense, but it is: art with numbers as a mathematician, art with music as a pianist, art with movement as a martial artist, art with colour as a painter, art with wood as a homebuilder, art with nature as a landscaper.

 

I’m going to keep treating patients, punching heavy bags and writing to see where it takes me.  Will you come along?  Let’s create art together.

 

About the Author: Kenton Sefcik is a father, husband, registered Acupuncturist, published author and martial artist. You can read more of his ramblings at AMSDaily and at Dark Wing Chun.

Comments

  1. Buena says:

    I like your post Kenton! Inspiring.

  2. Ria Rombaoa says:

    This is a great post and it made me contemplate…. What is art? One of the best definitions that I have learnt so far is that, “Art is something that is true, good, and beautiful”. It is something that comes out naturally and you feel that within yourself. However, what is true, good, and beautiful to you might not be the same case to other people. Do not be disheartened. Have the courage to pursue it because sometimes art chooses you and you have to recognize it…..

  3. Ria Rombaoa says:

    This is a great post and it made me contemplate…. What is art? One of the best definitions that I have learnt so far is that, “Art is something that is true, good, and beautiful”. It is something that comes out naturally and you feel that within yourself. However, what is true, good, and beautiful to you might not be the same case to other people. Do not be disheartened. Have the courage to pursue it because sometimes art chooses you and you have to recognize it…

  4. Stuartart says:

    Nice post Kenton. I wrote a blog post a while back titled ‘Finding Your Creativity’ – and it was all about this. We all have creativity within us, sometimes it’s not so obvious. The creativity of an accountant to create order from numerical chaos for instance. Look, and you will find your own creativity is what I tell my students. Well posted. :)

  5. Daniel Undem says:

    Nice post. Love the correlation you make between art and other fields (math, nature, music etc) very insightful.

  6. CTKWingChun says:

    Much love and thanks for all the positive comments!

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