Saturday, December 30, 2017

Learning from golf (lesson 2): knowledge works for me when I am weak


When I was in my thirties, I had good knowledge and tips about golf, but they did not apply to me because I was too ambitious with power. Now in my fifties, I feel that knowledge works for me because I am weak. The paradox is when I am weak, I am not stiff-headed or hard-muscled with my playing. Lesson 2: Knowledge works for me when I am weak. But the irony of life is your physical power is dwindling as time goes by. Today, in Atlanta, GA, I enjoyed practicing in driving range and got confidence that I could still play a golf. I now have more precision than before, even though I may not have the same stamina as before.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Analytical brain versus empathy capacity

Yung Suk Kim

Research finds that analytical brain is separated from empathy capacity. The two are not compatible with each other. This seems true because we know sometimes empathy or feeling sympathy may prevent a researcher from encountering bare facts or the reality.

But there are also times when we need empathy more than anything else. In such times, no analysis or word is necessary. Perhaps the best policy is to stay calm.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dao De Jing Calligraphy 2

Yung Suk Kim

From the Dao De Jing 40

"To return is the movement of the Way." 

"To be weak is the function of the Way." 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dao De Jing and my calligraphy

Yung Suk Kim

The following words are taken from the Dao De Jing. These are my calligraphy, and the translation is mine.

The Way of heaven reduces what is excessive and supplements what is insufficient. The way of human is different. It reduces the insufficient and increases the excessive. 

Keeping softness is strength

Those who conquer themselves are strong

Seeing small is enlightenment

Knowing self is enlightenment

Treat both grace and disgrace as wonders

What is most straight seems devious

Humans must follow earth

Friday, December 8, 2017

Learning from golf (lesson 1): focus on yourself

Yung Suk Kim

I used to play golf long ago when I lived and worked in Panama, Rep. of Panama, and later in Miami, Florida. At that time, I was a businessman and was expected to play because of that. I was sent to the foreign business office by a famous Korean company. I don't play golf anymore, but I still keep my golf club. In my living room, sometimes I play with these balls and practice putting. I do this rather from a perspective of mental gymnastics. I learn life lessons from this.

Here is one. I must keep a focus on myself when I putt a ball toward the target area. I must keep a hold on to my posture after putt. The habitual mistakes are made when I lift up my head to see where the ball is going. Life lesson one: When you have a goal, you must keep a focus on yourself.

Here is another one. I have to believe myself. I don't worry where the ball is going. At this very moment of putting, I am the only one whom I can and must trust. All other things are external. The result is all good. The ball went to the place I wanted to reach. Even if it does not go in the intended direction, I still have to believe myself because trusting is nothing wrong with itself.