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When the Student is Ready…

A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial arts system.  How long will it take me to master it?”  The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.”

Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that.  I will work very hard.  I will practice everyday, ten or more hours per day if I have to.  How long will it take then?”

The teacher thought for a moment and replied, “Twenty years.”


2 comments on “When the Student is Ready…

  1. Rufina
    December 18, 2012

    I think you would really like yoga, Robert. Have you ever tried it?

  2. Dr. Brown
    December 20, 2012

    I never tried yoga, and I don’t think I know anyone else who practices yoga. I have been reading your posts on what yoga is doing for you, and it sounds helpful.

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