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#DailyOldieFilmRec - Searching for Bobby Fischer

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

In the time of CoronaVirus, I have decided to watch a film every day and try and learn something from it. First up, Searching for Bobby Fischer. It’s on Showtime, or HBO or something like that this month, but it’s also available on Hulu, Sling Tv, and of course Prime Video and Youtube TV.

It’s the story of the prodigy Joshua Waitzkin, who but for the grace of his parents, could have ended up as crazy as Bobby Fischer. It’s a great lesson in parenting and perspective. And, you can watch it with all age groups. I found an article with quotes from Josh, who went on to become a martial arts master and inspirational speaker. Here are the quotes.

1. “Not only do we have to be good at waiting, we have to love it. Because waiting is not waiting, it is life. Too many of us live without fully engaging our minds, waiting for that moment when our real lives begin.”

2. “To walk a thorny road, we may cover its every inch with leather or we can make sandals.”

3. “Mastery involves discovering the most resonant information and integrating it so deeply and fully it disappears and allows us to fly free.”

4.“It is rarely a mysterious technique that drives us to the top, but rather a profound mastery of what may well be a basic skill set.”

5. “When we have worked hard and succeed at something, we should be allowed to smell the roses. The key… is to recognize the beauty of those roses lies in their transience. It is drifting away even as we inhale.”


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