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24 August 2002 @ 11:32 pm
I didn't get around to a "Thought of the Day" for this morning, so here goes...  
The theoretical and philosophical training recieved in Tea enables the mind to adjust to situations and to be flexible. While the form of the serving is ostensbily set, most often reality intervenes with unexpected quirks and accidents. By structuring a fixed procedure, the way of tea actually sets up a situation where the student will be confronted by the unexpected. Learning how to deal with this with equanimity is called hataraki, which might roughly be translated as "working out a solution".
Soshitsu Sen Xv, Urasenke Chanoyu, Volume One

I believe people can learn hataraki, the skill of dealing with the unexpected with equanimity, from many disciplines other than Chanoyu. Some people learn it from martial arts, some people learn it in military training, some learn it from programing, some learn it from games, and some never learn this valuable skill.

My interpretation of hataraki reduces to a three-step process:

  1. Recognize the unexpected situation.

  2. Deal with it as best you can. Redirect yourself if needed, but try not to break the flow of what you are doing.

  3. Move on. Once you have dealt with a situation to the best of your ability, further dwelling on it only serves to make you miserable.

phoenixfyre has oftensaid "Spank your inner moppet and move on." I see this as a crucial, often-neglected part of hataraki.
Mr. Flibble: Excitedcrispengray on August 25th, 2002 08:48 am (UTC)

My Tea doesn't give my philosophical training.

It just tastes yummy, either iced or hot.