Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Walking through the fog

After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet. But as you keep walking, you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, "Oh, this pace is terrible!" But actually, it is not. When you get wet in a fog, it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress. It is like studying a foreign language. You cannot do it all of a sudden, but by repeating it over and over, you will master it.

-Shunryu Suzuki

7 comments:

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Steve Kaufmann said...

Awesome quote from Shunryu Suzuki. I will mention it on my blog.

wondershot said...

Really good quote here.

vivibre said...

It is very true!!! I feel sometimes that I'll never get there though.

Burritolingus said...

Heh, I hear ya there. But personally, looking back at where I was a year ago at this time, I can see just how far I've come since I began. For example, I just finished with a few 10 minute test sessions with Kanken DS 3 Deluxe a moment ago and found the experience far easier and more enjoyable than I did last time I tried it, some 9 months ago.

If we keep chipping at it day after day, it's inevitable that we'll reach the end eventually.

Another quote I really like that I think applies to the process of language learning:
"If you lose today, win tomorrow. In this never-ending spirit of challenge is the heart of a victor." ~Daisaku Ikeda

Carolina CG said...

I had never thought of that. I have 2 PSP's, so I could hack one and use it to help me with my studies.

I don't know how to do it, but it must not be hard, I guess.

And your blog is awesome too. Thank you for the DS games advices on RevTK ;)

Ryan said...

I know this is pretty late, but I only recently ran across this.

Can you possibly give me or link me to the original quote in Japanese? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.