I was in Asda (Walmart) yesterday picking up a few groceries when I started to notice how much food was ‘Convenience’.
Everything seemed to be available and most of it in a tin.
Sausages, Ham and Fish
Beans, Pasta and Vegetables (although I wouldn’t count on any goodness there)
Chilli, Curry and even a Full English breakfast
And to finish… Fruits, Custards and Puddings
Basically an entire meal in a tin.
But not just that, you’ve also other overly prepared items, things from crushed nuts, pre grated cheese, and shredded lettuce to
orange segments in a bag!
YES! Orange segments in a bag.
If only nature had thought of a way of somehow keeping these segments together and enclosed in some way?
A few years ago there was a story in the news of an elderly couple that had found a whole chicken IN A TIN, which they’d had for fifty years!
I’m not sure where you’d put a WHOLE CHICKEN in a tin, in order to mislay it, only to rediscover the thing,
fifty years later?
And no, they did not have a big kitchen.
They were in the newspapers, on the television and on social media, oh and if you’re wondering what they did with the chicken after finding it, THEY ATE IT!
My point is that we live in a world of fast food and fast life, same day deliveries and fast fix solutions, all at the press of a button.
Yes, yes, yes, just like WingChun.Online ‘Where the school comes to you’ remember. 🙂
Do not get me wrong, I think it is good to save time and to have a helping hand now and again, should you want it, but we must not lose the link between convenience and laziness.
I’m not sure what the great Masters of yesteryear would make of this, those who had to grow or kill their food, those who washed their clothes on rocks and bathed in icy waters, things that would have helped them become what we know them to be today.
I have never made my own soup (although my wife has) and I must say it was wonderful, not only the taste but also the fact that we knew what went in it, and what did not.
When drinking water from a stream, just like with Wing Chun, you must know the source from which it comes.
Would you drink something without knowing what it was, just because it’s wet?
I have never made bread from scratch either, although I do have a bread machine and am happy to buy the pre made packs to go in it.
So by all means DO take advantage of certain elements, I mean you do not have to grow your own fruits and vegetables, but at least make the effort to peel and chop the things yourself.
When you are learning Wing Chun with us at WingChun.Online there is the obviously the convenience of having tuition whenever you want it, but it is still you that has to do the work.
Make the effort in whatever you do (if you are able) to do it yourself, you will feel the benefit afterwards and
feel proud of what you have achieved rather than opting for the easy route.
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”.