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Many years ago I saw "Never on Sunday" starring Melina Mercouri, and suddenly while contemplating maybe writing a blog entry on the classical Japanese themes of mountains and seashore (I think it's called Sansui, san meaning mountain, as in Fuji San, Mount Fuji, and sui, the Chinese derived pronunciation of the word for water, of which the native Japanese is mizu, perhaps more familiar to those of us who know just a little of the Japanese language...)
.... suddenly this phrase came to mind as part of a long train of thought which was partly inspired by Francis Takahashi's column on Hitori Geiko, training by oneself. He mentioned taking walks is also keiko, so in my latest blog entry I mentioned a friend who has a back injury and no longer attends a dojo but takes long walks by the shore, and then Carina sent a beautiful photo of a beach in Gran Canaria. I suppose I could say that the ideas and communication roll along, like the waves ... a wonder of nature on the one hand, and a wonder of human nature on the other....
But back to the movie. Melina Mercouri's character was revising the Greek tragedies because she preferred a happy ending. "And They All Went to the Seashore"
Many of us prefer stories with a happy ending! And if our work is demanding, the water, the sun, the sand, the salt air and maybe some trees for shade .... are very restorative, curative ....
Where to go on vacation used to be a popular topic and often symbolized husband and wife having
I guess this is a spinoff from my previous blog entry, athough I haven't re read it very recently. Today I'm thinking again about seeing what's available in the present moment. Here are a few thoughts:
Time: my late brother in law, who did different kinds of trades related work, in this case specifically painting. He said if you have half an hour, paint for half an hour.
This goes so well for household projects. If you can only vacuum a portion of a room, vacuum a portion of a room (especially if you have to move stuff out of the way to do it, like stacks of stuff in an office) (remember to "listen to your body")
So that's what I did this morning. A portion. That's a bit less dust in the room, I'd say. And I will, to "Hubby Dear" when he returns from driving!
I guess the Aikido readers might smile and agree it's better to start something than to wait for the other guy to ask (or complain....) I think they call it Irimi in Daily Life
For the Aikidoka, this could apply to training. Figure out what you can do with the partners you have available, whatever their strengths or weaknesses are. Learn from them, hope they can learn from you. I was just on a thread where the poster asked a question along those lines, or rather the comments developed that way.
And Mary of "Spring Thoughts" fame on the thread, has written a form of reminder to notice the weather. Well, it promises to be really hot today, so I'm glad I did something physical alread