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More Excerpts from Hagakure, Ch. 1

I posted "Excerpts From Hagakure, Chapter 1" a while back. The book is dense with interesting ideas. Here's some more excerpts -

When an official place is extremely busy and someone comes in thoughtlessly with some business or other, often there are people who will treat him coldly and become angry. This is not good at all. At such times, the etiquette of a samurai is to calm himself and deal with the person in a good manner. To treat a person harshly is the way of middle class lackeys.

Treat people calmly and with good manners, even when they're a little careless. "To treat a person harshly is the way of middle class lackeys" - that made me laugh.

There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to pet wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.

You get wet either way in a rainstorm, but by accepting it you stay of clear mind. What a great metaphor. Accept that you'll get wet in a rainstorm - because you will either way - and go purposefully instead of rushing.

Doing it Differently in 2012

On A Driver Minded Guy Living in a Passenger Minded World

If the Mayan civilization was right, then the "end all year" is right around the corner. As if there wasn't a certain amount beneath the surface stress with the end of the year approaching and a new year's worth of goals, resolutions, and commitments weren't enough, this year we have the added stress of prophecies of doom. So with all of this looming overhead, how would one go about planning for this year?

As we all try to end 2011 and focus on 2012, let's try to keep our eyes intently focused on making 2012 more productive than 2011. Here are some simple tips:

So, if the Mayans are right, what are you going to do to make 2012 the most productive year yet? If you ask me, I think the Mayans may have had some people in the group who had ADD and decided to work on another project, not realizing there would be so many people hanging on their every etching...

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