“The superior man respectfully appreciates the cycles of increase and decrease…External ploys will not put an end to the natural cycle of deterioration. Time will. Nurture your body and mind… Look for wisdom in your acceptance of the times. “ I CHING no.23
Well there is a saying that if there is a will, there is a way. I looked at the clock and there was twenty minutes left. I hadn’t even tried five of the ten problems left and there were line ups on all of them. I don’t know why but with only twenty minutes left to the qualifiers and after looking at all the X’s on my scorecard, my frustration turned into a more useful energy and I found myself wanting to try the problems because they looked cool and not because I had to. My psych finally arrived and my much needed grrr appeared. I ended up doing 4 problems in total, 3 of them in the last 20 minutes. I didn’t get to try one of the problems and had only one try on another because we ran out of time. A shame really because the problems were actually really interesting and unique compared to what I was used to. Despite the pulled finger, it was satisfying to have done what I did and to have gotten to try some of the British/euro style of type of setting, but I will admit, I was kicking myself hard when I saw the final problems. They were so freaking cool and improbable. Alas trying them wasn’t in my fortune and it bummed me that I had missed that opportunity. Besides the fact that I walked away injured, I learned something new as one does at comps. The note below which I will write to myself again for next time pretty much sums up my lesson:
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Stephen M Pidgeon says
Very very proud of you and Cedar all the best while in England. Always thinking about you.
Love ya Pop
Sandy Wilder says
That was a great blog post, Thomo. Hope your finger gets better!