Thursday, March 25, 2010

204 - The Novice

In the beginning of training, it may seem as if you are doing very little. You compare yourself to your teachers and to more accomplished people, and you may despair of ever reaching their levels. But if you are diligent, then it is inevitable that you will make something of yourself.
~ from 365 Tao: Daily Meditations, Entry 204 ~
This passage speaks to me loud and clear today as I struggle to get a handle on Linux! There are so many applications, processes and options that I simply do not understand. Even worse, I often don't comprehend the help files. At times, I feel as small as a grain of sand.

However, I realize that long, long ago (all the way back to the early 90s, for crying out loud!) I switched from DOS to Windows. I had the same feeling then that I do now. It took a while, but, in time, I became very proficient at knowing my way around all the nooks and crannies of the Windows system. So, if I remain vigilant, Linux should become second nature in time.

I'm also facing this same type of situation in terms of getting the hang of life with dentures. Most of the time, it still feels as if I've lodged a toaster in my mouth! My diction isn't what it used to be -- I slur the "S" sound -- and the art of mastication (chewing) is still a bit of a challenge, but I'm adapting a little more each day. I just need to have confidence that this "training period" won't last forever.


  1. You're in at the deep end with puppy. There are harder ones but many easier.

  2. I took a look at Mint last night. It is suggested that it be run on a computer with at least 512MB RAM. Unfortunately, my computer only has 384MB as of this time. I hope to double or triple my capacity in a week or two. I've already set up a partition to stick it in.


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