Originally posted by Proper Knob
I can assure you I'm perfectly relaxed whe I play and when I practice. I worked out a long time ago that frustration does help the learning process.
Can you give an example of something which can achieved by hardly lifting a finger.
1. Someone insists that his way is the best way; I do nothing and he finds out what am trying to show him all by himself, by confronting the errors I was trying to point out and he wouldn't listen. By constantly harrassing him I was preventing him and distracting from doing the one way he would learn what I wanted him to see.
2. A complex problem is concerning me. I worry about it, think about it constantly. A friend says go to bed and stop worrying about it. I do. After a good sleep the answer appears. This is a well known example where backing off can be helpful.
3. Countless are the problems caused by simply not listening in a situation.
4. One of the best ways to heal is to rest, do nothing and lessen stress.
5. Too many words said at the wrong time can cause a hell of a lot of problems. Silence would have been better.
6. I worked in psychiatry. One wise doctor would regularly not immediately prescribe medications, treatments etc. and would wait, contain the situation and do nothing. It was interesting how many complex issues of a patient's care resolved off themselves given sometime to do so.
7. A number of martial arts rely on NOT applying one's force, and in yielding moves redirect the opponents energy.
8. Stealth is a form of doing nothing, as is strategic withdrawal.
9. Many attest to the benefits of spending time sitting silently meditating regularly. These range from the relief of harmful stress, clearer thinking, a calmer clearer way of working and surprising arising of insights about problems and life.
10. Taking time to do nothing but be aware can even save your life.
11. The person who always takes in chess because he or she can is not a good player. The really good players know when it is good to NOT respond to the direct threat. This can also apply militarily.
12 Acting in such a way as to deflect your enemy from what would harm his progress is self defeating. Best do nothing and let him go ahead.
13. The filibuster is a highly active form of doing precisely nothing.
14. In some survival situations doing nothing and staying put can mean the difference of life and death.
15 How many of us have wished we had done nothing rather than the something that left us with a painful, sometimes lifelong outcome?
Often doing nothing, not lifting a finger is very much what is required, Proper Knob.