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December 20, 2005

Get Over It (Wise Words Follow)

Posted at December 20, 2005 03:56 PM in Beginner Topics , by Sack.

Sometimes you just run out of things to say, get too lazy to say them, lose motivation for finding these things, or even find something else that says exactly what you needed to hear/say. Usually it’s a combination of more than one of these things. Singers and songwriters do this all the time in sampling and remakes. “Oh, I’ve always loved that song” or “when I heard that one I knew I had to record it myself”. Yeah, or maybe you also needed a hit and figured since someone else already made it a great song you might be able to sell a few albums with it on there. Today I become a cover artist as well.

After what quickly became one of my worst days of playing in my young career, I managed to come across this little story that would be useful for any poker player. Someone posted it on a message board, and credit is given to John Vorhaus from UltimateBet. It is entitled “The Muddy Road”, taken from Tanzan- a Japanese Buddhist monk.

Tanzan and Ekido were walking together down a muddy road in the rain. Coming around a bend in the road, they arrived at a small, swift stream, where a lovely young girl in full dress kimono stood crying.

"Why are you crying?" asked Tanzan.

In between tears, the girl explained that she was due at a wedding in a village on the far side of the stream, but to cross the stream meant to ruin her kimono and, needless to say, her entrance.

"Come on, girl," said Tanzan. With that, he hoisted the girl on his back, waded across the stream and deposited her on the far side, high, dry and happy. She went off to the wedding, there presumably to catch the bouquet and/or get drunk. Tanzan and Ekido continued on down the road.

Ekido held his tongue until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he could no longer restrain himself. "We monks don't go near women," he told Tanzan, "especially not young and lovely ones. It's dangerous and our order forbids it. Yet you carried that girl across the stream. Why did you carry that girl?"

"I left the girl at the stream," replied Tanzan. "Why do you carry her still?"

Hmm, letting go sounds so simple doesn’t it? But how often do we take a bad beat, have a bad run of cards, and then just tilt away. We whine to friends, create bad beat threads on message boards, write bitchy articles on poker blogs (he he)-- all over something that’s already said and done with? One of my worst habits I have is once I get burned enough, I either play mad and try too hard to make something out of nothing (tilt), or I’ll play with scared money and only make a fraction of what I could in a certain situation as opposed to my normal play. Either way, I tend to still be carrying the girl and let it weigh me down for however long guys named Sack let that happen.

One of the best parts of my game was always the fact that I could make myself focus on each hand and attempt to make the best decisions I could one hand at a time. I didn’t sit down and say, “OK, I’ve got to win first in this tournament”, or “ I’m going to try to make 10BB this hour”… I was good at playing every hand or series of hands to the best of my ability. Don’t get me wrong- it’s good to set goals- but they are achieved hand by hand and not in one lump sum. I’ve gotten away from that as time has gone on and tend to let one hand sit on my mind for sometimes days at a time. It’s over, it’s done, let it go. Leave the girl at the stream and move on.

very sore back,
Sack

sack@pokergreed.com

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