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Daemon
Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)
Bully_rus
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 2:47:02 AM
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Actually thrice... Where you wanna leap from, where you wanna land and where you might fall - all three critically important. And if it's leap of faith, forget about it all.
Luker4
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:01:21 AM

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We have a similar saying in Polish. a bit diffrent but also involves "leaping"


Well it's always good to be cautious and think things through, I coud use that sometimes

Dr. Mohammed Albadri
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:32:11 AM

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Too true
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A variation on the measure twice, cut once theme.
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Think twice before you make decision. This is how I understand this wise quote!
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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:46:12 AM

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I never realized that Ms. Bronte was responsible for this wise little quote
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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:53:26 AM

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Not only look twice but think wise where u leap because where u intend to leap might not favour you
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Daemon wrote:
Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Wise advice, but sometimes to dare is what makes life worth living.
monamagda
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 2:01:01 PM

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My mother often say that "haste always makes waste"
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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:15:18 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)


...from the safety of a green leaf. Thanks to: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/look-twice-before-you-leap-juergen-roth.html
capitán
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:52:02 PM

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Daemon wrote:
Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

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Thinking too much before the leap is as nocuous as no thinking at all.

_In the culture of martial arts,
it is believed that during any crucial physical activity,
the mind is sieged by several distracting factors that cripple
every single martial artist's movements with doubt and hesitation before a crucial parry, blow or leap.

_The mind is crowded with thoughts about losing, winning, getting hurt;
whatever thought that comes to our heads in a very crucial moment impedes real freedom of reaction.

_Concerning real freedom of reaction,
there is a state of mind that every martial artist aspires to attain.
It is called, mushin and it literally means:

mu=無
void, emptiness

shin=心
heart, soul, mind

hence: empty mind or the mind of no mind, as known to many.

It is said that after several and several repetitions of a movement or behavior,
it becomes to us as second nature, allowing our bodies to react without thinking.
Martial artists train hard to attain such a state of mind, should they face the need of using their skills.

Mushin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DAWlspPiuI

_As humankind kept moving forward,
the philosophy, practice and training of martial arts also had to change,
creating therefore alternative perspectives and new ideas that came with meditation and observation.

_Take Bruce Lee, for example, a revolutionary man that changed the views of crystalized methods of practicing and seeing martial arts. He was constantly teaching that learning a memorized routine or set of steps in a fight was useless, precisely because no one can ever know what will happen in a fight. There could be only space for instinctive reaction. He taught that one should always learn to adapt himself to the space and the adversary. That is the core of his jeet kune do martial philosophy and his famous "empty your mind, be water" teaching.

Empty your mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF_vh8RRXoU

_My point is,
the modern human being thinks that thinking is the best choice every time.
And we have forgotten the nature of our bodies and the wisdom of knowing when is best not to think.
So, we have been drawn asunder from our animal peers.

_One good philosophy that encourages people to go back to our instincts is Parkour.
The training of it keeps you in tune with the natural movement of our bodies.
Though it teaches people to react instead of to think before leaping,
it is much less dangerous than, say football or even basketball.

Parkour by its founder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOYKME-WOZo

_One should learn to use our instincts,
instead of doubting and fearing before leaping.
It's like using the force, remember? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOFgFAcGHQc

William39
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:20:11 PM

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Very thinkable!!!
monamagda
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I am absolutely with you! Thanks for the links Applause

capitán wrote:
[quote=Daemon]
Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

---
Thinking too much before the leap is as nocuous as no thinking at all.

_In the culture of martial arts,
it is believed that during any crucial physical activity,
the mind is sieged by several distracting factors that cripple
every single martial artist's movements with doubt and hesitation before a crucial parry, blow or leap.

_The mind is crowded with thoughts about losing, winning, getting hurt;
whatever thought that comes to our heads in a very crucial moment impedes real freedom of reaction.

_Concerning real freedom of reaction,
there is a state of mind that every martial artist aspires to attain.
It is called, mushin and it literally means:

mu=無
void, emptiness

shin=心
heart, soul, mind

hence: empty mind or the mind of no mind, as known to many.

It is said that after several and several repetitions of a movement or behavior,
it becomes to us as second nature, allowing our bodies to react without thinking.
Martial artists train hard to attain such a state of mind, should they face the need of using their skills.

Mushin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DAWlspPiuI

_As humankind kept moving forward,
the philosophy, practice and training of martial arts also had to change,
creating therefore alternative perspectives and new ideas that came with meditation and observation.

_Take Bruce Lee, for example, a revolutionary man that changed the views of crystalized methods of practicing and seeing martial arts. He was constantly teaching that learning a memorized routine or set of steps in a fight was useless, precisely because no one can ever know what will happen in a fight. There could be only space for instinctive reaction. He taught that one should always learn to adapt himself to the space and the adversary. That is the core of his jeet kune do martial philosophy and his famous "empty your mind, be water" teaching.

Empty your mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF_vh8RRXoU

_My point is,
the modern human being thinks that thinking is the best choice every time.
And we have forgotten the nature of our bodies and the wisdom of knowing when is best not to think.
So, we have been drawn asunder from our animal peers.

_One good philosophy that encourages people to go back to our instincts is Parkour.
The training of it keeps you in tune with the natural movement of our bodies.
Though it teaches people to react instead of to think before leaping,
it is much less dangerous than, say football or even basketball.

Parkour by its founder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOYKME-WOZo

_One should learn to use our instincts,
instead of doubting and fearing before leaping.
It's like using the force, remember? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOFgFAcGHQc

seemo74
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 6:50:05 PM

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That is totally true .
Dosei Iantha Evans
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 6:56:21 PM

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but sometimes you can leap back but the place you leaped from will be different
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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:17:54 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)


Aesop thought of it first and his fable was, and still is, about looking before leaping:

""The Fox and the Goat


A FOX one day fell into a deep well and could find no means of
escape. A Goat, overcome with thirst, came to the same well, and
seeing the Fox, inquired if the water was good. Concealing his
sad plight under a merry guise, the Fox indulged in a lavish
praise of the water, saying it was excellent beyond measure, and
encouraging him to descend. The Goat, mindful only of his
thirst, thoughtlessly jumped down, but just as he drank, the Fox
informed him of the difficulty they were both in and suggested a
scheme for their common escape. "If," said he, "you will place
your forefeet upon the wall and bend your head, I will run up
your back and escape, and will help you out afterwards." The Goat
readily assented and the Fox leaped upon his back. Steadying
himself with the Goat's horns, he safely reached the mouth of the
well and made off as fast as he could. When the Goat upbraided
him for breaking his promise, he turned around and cried out,
"You foolish old fellow! If you had as many brains in your head
as you have hairs in your beard, you would never have gone down
before you had inspected the way up, nor have exposed yourself to
dangers from which you had no means of escape."

Look before you leap."" Thanks to: http://www.aesopfables.com/cgi/aesop1.cgi?sel&TheFoxandtheGoat

peaty
Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:21:25 PM
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curmudgeonine wrote:
I never realized that Ms. Bronte was responsible for this wise little quote


I'm sure that the ancient proverb "Look before you leap" predated Charlotte Brontë. But she cleverly added the extra wisdom of looking twice.
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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:36:49 PM
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Bully_rus wrote:
Actually thrice... Where you wanna leap from, where you wanna land and where you might fall - all three critically important. And if it's leap of faith, forget about it all.


Well said, Bully_rus, but if it's a leap of faith perhaps a quick look upwards to heaven, what?Pray

On a more serious note this also from Charlotte; I only wish she had defined "upward":
"I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward."
Charlotte Bronte

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/c/charlotte_bronte.html#2oeBI30e3G428zT3.99

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