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George S. Ledyard 11-20-2009 11:30 AM

The Art of Racing in the Rain
From The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

"Secondly, Enzo's epiphany—the thing he learns at the end of his life—is that his assumption that race car drivers have to be selfish to be successful, is incorrect. In fact, he determines, in order to be successful, a race car driver has to be completely selfless. He must cease looking at himself as the brightest star in the solar system, and begin to see himself as simply a unique aspect of the universe around him—and, most importantly, as an extension of the universe around him. In this way, a race car driver sheds his ego; his actions become pure and as powerful as the entire universe, which in turn leads to success.

Does this sound familiar to the Aikido folks out there?

(Original blog post may be found here.)

Mark Uttech 11-22-2009 03:53 AM

Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Onegaishimasu. The first thing that came to my mind was a teaching : "When it is raining, don't run (race); it is raining everywhere."

In gassho,


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