I’ve been loving my new job, but so exhausted lately that I’ve been falling behind on my blog posts. But I hate being flaky. I don’t want to slack off, so it’s important to me that I keep this up regularly. Not being a flake is part of my personal “code of conduct”, but also is being honest, so I am going to say right here that I am pulling this code of ethics from my capoeira group.
Not that I would lie about where I got it. I pretty much can’t lie about anything. When I was five, I once stole a roll of lifesavers from Gemco (look that one up kiddies–it was basically what Target is now), and I freaked out so much that after I did it I was convinced I was going to hell. To avoid eternal damnation, I confessed to the priest at our church, but in the end I only had to say about five “Hail Marys” and three “Our Fathers” and all was forgiven.
Well, somewhere along the line I learned to have some morals. And respect is a huge part of it. It’s probably why my capoeira group appealed to me so much (insert “oh jeez, she’s talking about that again”, but it’s true!). They’ve got a code of ethics, which makes me respect the group all the more. I find myself turning back to this often and finding that it fits very well into my life, so I will just post it here:
Respect: Maintain respect for ourselves, each other, our ever-evolving capoeira community, the training space we share, and the art that we practice together.
Freedom: Create a safe space to express ourselves as the unique individuals we are.
Equality: Acknowledge everyone’s contribution as valuable. Never underestimate anyone – especially yourself.
Integrity: Be fair, impartial, and true to our word. Don’t cheat ourselves or others. Admit when we are wrong and strive to make it right.
Leadership: Serve as positive role models, both inside the studio while training and outside of the studio as community representatives of ABADÁ. Offer help when we can give it and ask for help when we need it. Hold ourselves and each other accountable for our actions.
Community: Share experiences – both hard and easy, fun and frustrating, painful and pleasurable. Foster a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and wonder. Extend our skills, knowledge, friendship and time. Act for the betterment of the whole.
Education: Seek to understand and honor the rich traditions of capoeira. Choose to expand our knowledge and to take advantage of opportunities presented to us.
Strength: Commit to challenges. Push physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual limitations, building stronger bodies, minds, and souls. Approach fear and challenges as opportunities for growth, remembering that failure is a benchmark for future success, and achieved goals are marks of success to celebrate and benchmarks to exceed.
I look at these often as they apply to my life inside and outside of capoeira, and they don’t fail me in either space. Even when I may “fail” in the sense of not meeting a goal, I never feel like I fail if I give it my best and do it according to my beliefs.