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Studying Patience

"The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience. Patience means restraining one's inclinations. There are seven emotions: joy, anger, anxiety, love, grief, fear, and hate, and if a man does not give way to these he can be called patient. I am not as strong as I might be, but I have long known and practiced patience. And if my descendants wish to be as I am, they must study patience." -Tokugawa Ieyasu

In the late 1400's, the ruling Ashikaga Shogunate of Japan became weak and lost its hold over the country. A many-sided civil war broke out, thus beginning the "Sengoku Period" - known as one of the most bloody and lawless periods in Japanese history, but also an era of some incredibly most heroic leadership.

Eventually, "Three Great Unifiers" came to power and ended the conflict through victory. These three were Oda Nobugana, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

In the end, Tokugawa Ieyasu won, and his family ruled Japan for the next 250 years. However, he's probably the least popular of the three great unifiers in Japan.

Nobunaga is popular for having an incredibly fierce, martial, masculine spirit. At one point, the warrior-monks of the Honganji allied themselves against Nobunaga and harried, harassed, and ambushed his armies. The Honganji provided supplies, spies, and information for Nobunaga's enemies and sometimes faced them in direct combat.

Steel Thyself Against Delays

My apologies for not writing lately. A mix of a family member being ill (she's fine, thanks), and today's lesson --

Prepare for things to take longer than you plan, and don't get demoralized when it happens.

Every multi-step project has multiple potential pitfalls you might be unaware of.

Take banking, for instance. This happened to me, and has happened to lots of people I know. They assume getting a local bank account in a foreign country is no big deal, and budget a couple hours for it. Then they're shocked when it takes much longer and with more runaround than anticipated.

This can screw up all kinds of things -- setting up a way to receive payments, send invoices, etc.

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