I have recently become more aware
of the essential nature of Patience.
If I wait, wait, wait...
until I get that special feeling,
in my body, when I'm taking warm up strokes
and seeing in my mind where I want the balls to go,
and sensing the weight and balance of the cue in my hands,
and sensing the speed with which
I need to deliver the cue
to the cue ball,
and with what spin,
and with what draw/follow,
and with what follow-through,
so that the cue ball goes there
(and maybe after going several rails to get there)...
that perfect place on the table so that
the next shot is easy.
When I get that special feeling,
I almost always make the shot,
and get shape on the next shot.
The problem is that I get greedy,
I want that feeling sooner than it wants to be there...
That special feeling comes to a quiet mind.
A confident mind.
A relaxed mind.
This feeling in the body may be
the elusive "rhythm" which El Maestro revealed to me,
but which I have seldom attained.