"When I was young I set out to change the world.
When I grew older I perceived that this was too ambitious,
so I set out to change my state.
This too, I realized as I grew older, was too ambitious,
so I set out to change my town.
When I realized that I could not do even this, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man I know that I should have started by changing myself.
If I had started with myself, maybe then I would have succeeded
in changing my family, the town, or even the state-
and who knows, maybe the world."

October 18, 2016

Think of the games

Few months never do this thing. It's time now. I came to a basketball court and started to do shooting as usual. Then, I joined with some university students to play basketball games and things got more fun.

The thing I enjoyed about the games is simply focusing on thinking how to get to the goal. Basically, it means thinking how to make the chance for me to do a jump-shot or dribble pass the defenders; otherwise, how do I pass the ball to teammates and assist them to score; and then how to work with the team for defending and rebounding. This requires trust in myself and others in a small team to make things work. Recalling good plays to score or assist or defend and how to do it better is always pleasurable. Therefore, this is also the way I enjoy doing other things.

It was exciting to play some basketball games with young men and get exhausted. Just like the time during my school days and I feel younger after that. Look forward to the next game.
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October 14, 2016

Things blocked

Many things are inside my head that my brain has to try processing. Especially things I'm waiting to know and things newly come to my attention. Also, there are a few things in the past and things about to happen and other things around (I somewhat care). Such state of mind hinders the process of thinking ideas, e.g. what to write.

Two ways to look at this. Some of us might think that because of all those things in mind, things blocked. Whereas, some might think that because things blocked, those things stuck together. So... calm down. Will reducing the number of the things in mind calm us? Or will calming down reduce the things that stuck? Okay, "reset" the brain (sleep on it).
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September 28, 2016

Possible what

How do we know if things will work? It has never come true to us before. But after all the work done and we have put in effort and time with high expectation. It is possible what.

Yes. The thing might turn out fine, although started thinking what if we lose the chance or fail the thing or get hurt this time. Because it is possible that the thing doesn't work, although we still believe in ourselves. Both or either way we might be thinking of the consequences in advance.

Mixture of thoughts and feelings. Similar kind of things were running inside your head in many occasions. Say, you might be waiting to know the result after the job application or the winner announcement after the competition or the answer after the proposal or maybe to know the news after some bad things. So we got a little restless. This thing continued until we know how the thing turns out eventually.

No matter what comes, take it. We still have other things to pursue or perhaps try it again. But wait. The thing is no news about it yet. Chill.
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September 18, 2016

Look down on things

Okinawa, Japan
On top of the world?
Looking down on things through a window of an airplane. I was flying from Okinawa. So that is the things we see.

When we are looking at things from top, the things (so far) are not clearly identifiable. We know, down there must have buildings, mountains, ocean, rivers, roads, vehicles, people, and many other things. The higher we go the harder to clearly see those things from the sky. It's a different view from top.

Meanwhile, one thing comes closer and we can see perhaps clearer. I mean the clouds. But they look no different thing, compared to that when we looked up to the sky (and admired?). It's a lovely view when you are flying high.

Just arrived one day and departed the next day. I tried to breathe in fresh air and see the things on the land as much as possible. My travel also completed. See if I get a chance to come again.
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