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After having studied classic guitar for a number of years, I observed something interesting about Parkinson. If he wanted to do something he would read a book about it. It seems odd to write that now, because the idea of reading a book to learn how to do something appears to be contradictory.

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Monday is the day I reserve for editing the talks recorded on Sunday. The editing process can take the better part of the day, after the interruptions that come with other duties, and life in general.

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The Work says we have pictures of ourselves. Something like photographs that we take throughout our life. Some of them are snapshots taken with short exposure times. Others are long exposure pictures taken over time. The ones we like, the ones in which we think we look good

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A problem we often face is progress. Normally, progress isn’t much of a problem for most people. At least it’s not a problem if they’re experiencing some progress toward their Aim. With a Work Aim, progress is measured differently than it is measured with a Life aim.

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There was a time, and it was rather a long time for me, when I believed in shortcuts. You won’t find me using the word believe often because this Work does not encourage one to believe, but rather to verify. A quick look back through history will convince nearly anyone that man can believe almost anything

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Anyone who sincerely attempts to practice what Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Nicoll and others taught is going to face discouragement at some point. The reasons are various, so it’s difficult to predict when or how discouragement will strike. It’s not only that it’s a long path.

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"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting, that probably means you are spending more time and energy examining the lives of others than you are examining your own.