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Old Chinese Proverb (Patience and Focus)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jazzbo, Dec 6, 2000.


  1. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Sometimes I see posts from people asking about what they need to learn to get to this point or that point. I've been guilty of thinking too far ahead as well. I think when we all pick up the instrument, it's so easy to get overly-eager and lose focus.

    For what it's worth, there's an old Chinese proverb that I keep in mind whenever I lose focus. I just thought I'd share it, and maybe some people will like it as much as I do!

     
  2. Cornbread

    Cornbread

    Jun 20, 2000
    Lawrence, Ma
    Right on. I've read another proverb which I can't accurately quote, but it is about an archer who focuses so much on the reward in a contest that he misses the target. The only way to succeed is by giving in to non-action. Think about it.
     
  3. cschenk78

    cschenk78

    Mar 12, 2000
    Watertown, NY
    Or as Thomas Merton said, "Do what you're doing and not something else"
     
  4. EdgarHons

    EdgarHons

    Oct 14, 2000
    ...I don't get it.
     
  5. cschenk78

    cschenk78

    Mar 12, 2000
    Watertown, NY
    You Don't get What?
     
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well that's because you're focusing too much on the goal ...:D
     
  7. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    :) :) :) :) Someone had to say that!

    Pkr2
     

  8. Thanks for printing that proverb.Maybe I should train on focusing.
     
  9. "Patience and Focus"
    this applies to taking good photos also
     
  10. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Reminds me of Peter Sellers' line in "I Love You, Alice B. Tolkas:" "I'm trying to stop trying, Guru!"
     
  11. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I thought that this was worth a "bump!"
     
  12. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    And the moral of this thread was....... ;)
     
  13. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    Hey guys
    seeing as were on the subject check this out

    http://www.maui.net/~zen_gtr/

    yes I know its aimed at guitarists (no stoning please) but there are some really neat ideas which can easily be applied to bass.


    confusious says.
    man who fart in church sits in own pew.
     
  14. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Bump. I posted this is 2001. Trippy.
     
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    One of my best 'snappy replies' - thanks, I enjoyed that! :p