Following Up On Instant Gratitude

Keeping in line with yesterday’s post, I am sharing a short Zen story.

A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.” The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?” The teacher thought for a moment, “20 years.”

Certain things cannot be rushed. And other things should not be rushed. Enjoy the journey.

Be Well.


  1. Christine Bubbico on April 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    First, I must tell you that as I was reading today’s quote, I felt my heart sinking and disappointment flooding over me at the anticipation of not finding any more gratitude quotes in my inbox. What a testimonial to how important your work is and how much I appreciate your time, effort and creativity.
    The zen story is such a wonderful reminder that the river can’t be pushed; no matter how much it may feel like “nothing is happening”, time is a relative constuct. 10 years, 20 years, 10 minutes – it’s what we do within that time period, and what happens during the journey. Staying aware and appreciative makes all the difference in the quality of our lives as we live this journey. Thank you, Paul.

  2. Paul on April 2, 2010 at 12:52 am

    @Christine Bubbico
    You are most welcome! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. As long as I am around, I will continue to send out the Quote of the Day. So, you can rest assured! Glad you like the Zen story. I have a bunch that I often re-read to keep me grounded. I will share some more in the future.

    Be Well.

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