In modern times, we tend to spend lots of time going fast. We don’t spend so much time slowing down.
But does that get us there faster?
Here’s a martial arts story that talks about this:
A young student shows up to study with a Master of Martial Arts.
He’s eager to learn. He asks, “How long will it take to be really good at this?”
Master looks him up and down and says, “10 years.”
The young student thinks that this is WAY too long.
He says to the Master, “What if I work really, really hard? I’ll work harder than any student you’ve ever had. I’ll work day and night to improve. Then how long will it take?”
Master looks him up and down and says, “In that case, count on 20 years.”
I pondered this for many years. It seemed somehow correct, but I couldn’t figure out why.
Then one day, after 10 years of studying qigong, meditation, martial arts and healing work, it came to me. I thought to myself, “THAT’S how it all works!” That was 38 years ago.
I share this with you for two reasons. First, be patient. You’ll get there.
Second, I’d like you to think about what the martial art story means. Leave a comment about what you think it means…