I always liked this very short Zen story because it says so much in few words.
One day a student asked his martial arts teacher: “How long will it take me to be really good?” The teacher causally replied: “10 years.” The student who was quite confident, replied expressing impatience, “But I work hard every day! I try and I try and I try. I’ll practice as many hours as necessary. I want to be excellent sooner than that. If I do all this, and even more, how long will it take then?” The teacher reflected for a moment and said, “20 years.”
That’s what I’m thinking about this morning as it is a perfect analogy for relationships, work, mastery in anything and excellence in life overall. Bottom line: The commitment to “working it” never ends. There will always be a challenge or challenger to our skills. This isn’t a bad thing: It keeps us sharp, thinking and on our toes — testing our balance and centeredness. What do you think?
Silver Disobedience® philosophy believes all healthy relationships begin with self-awareness. I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience ✨ I am a Perception Analyst and I wrote The Silver Disobedience Playbook. Here, I share my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People. More info in my bio, my websites and at Wilhelmina New York.