Today’s quote comes from Yamamoto Tsunetomo.
There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.
How would this apply to the study of music? Think about the efforts people put into finding shortcuts . . . Lots to ponder with this one.