To him unconquered.
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- Sep 7, 2006
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- Columbus, Ohio
What a great OP/questions along with great feedback. I feel better that I wasn't alone in getting the black then blues.
I felt the same way after passing my belt test. I actually relished the time between passing my test and receiving my belt and certificate, because I still had something to look forward to... after all this time, I still found myself in that mode of thinking. But I managed to remind myself of all the other times that I'd finally realized some years-long project, and how, invariably, I felt kind of empty and rudderless once I'd achieved it, and how something new had always come along to revitalize my energy and interest in that work, whatever it was. After a long, sustained effort, a fallow period isn't a bad idea... a lot of our thinking and processing of our experience takes place at a deep level of thought, without our being conscious of it at all, and it's good to give that part of your mind a bit of time to go wherever it wants to as it digests what you've done and how far you've come.
I don't know about other people, but what I often find is that these kinds of problems often feel as if they've kind of resolved themselves—it's that subconscious process of reflection and reordering of what you know, and then all of a sudden, voilà, you know what you're going to do next. Having patience is the main thing, and not feeling as though you have to get it worked out this minute...