"Get Up Again" - oil on canvas panel - © V. Bridges Hoyt 2003 - SOLD
A friend of mine was planning to move to Los Angeles with the hope of connecting with the music industry. He was a musician and songwriter, and it was time for him to follow his aspirations. Katagiri Roshi said to him, "Well, if you've really decided to go, let's see what your attitude is."
"Well, I'll try my best. I figure I have to give it a shot, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. I'll just accept it."
Roshi responded, "That's the wrong attitude. If they knock you down, you get up. If they knock you down again, get up. No matter how many times they knock you down, get up again. That is how you should go."
--Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones