What is a Langkah?

Langkah (Indonesian) - noun: literally step, move, pace, action, measure, stride, leap, foot, footstep, gesture, tread, footpace

In Indonesian martial arts, Pencak Silat, it commonly refers to geometric patterns on the floor used to train footwork and develop an understanding of the role of the lower body in maintaining balance and a base from which to generate power.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hot Coals

Today, I sat in a left turn lane for well over five minutes as a stream of cars passed. After about three minutes a car behind me started honking. He held his horn in a solid blare for at least two minutes.

Bear in mind, I was driving a twenty-one foot RV. If I had been driving a regular car, or even a small pickup, there were several breaks in the traffic I might have managed. The RV is not built for acceleration and twenty-one feet requires a sizable gap to safely maneuver.

So there's this guy behind me sitting on his horn. He couldn't see around me, but the constancy of the traffic stream should have been obvious. I can only assume he was blinded by his frustration.

When a large enough break opened, I turned. A few miles later--in a no passing zone--a gray sedan blew past me. The driver, man in his early twenties, glared back over his shoulder at me, not bothering to watch the road. Luckily, no oncoming traffic greeted him.

The whole time he honked, I smiled. As he glared at me, I smiled. I couldn't have done anything differently. This poor young man caused all sorts of stress in his own mind and body, broke a law when he passed me, and could have wound up in a wreck for his trouble. I hope he felt vindicated. I hope he gained some satisfaction from his actions.

I was amused and somewhat bewildered by the whole thing. Not surprised. I've seen similar things before. Situations like this still puzzle me a bit. I can't imagine going through life with that kind of stress looming around every curve in the road or just over the horizon.


The Wandering Guru

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -- The Buddha