Rolling and Rolling 【翻滾不停】

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[Rolling and Rolling]

By: GAO Luyan (Chan Sui Kau Hall)
Image: conversation.which.co.uk

Once or twice a week, we may go to the laundry, put all the dirty clothes into a washing machine, and pay and press the “start” button. Then all we have to do is to wait until the whole process is over. The laundry detergent or laundry soap powder is combined with the flowing water, which then makes all the clothes wet. When the machine begins to operate, all the things inside will roll at a constant speed, not too fast or too slow. This simple action is repeated for maybe hundreds of times during the 40 minutes. Although it seems boring, it is actually the intensive repetition of this action that finally turn all the dirty clothes into the clean ones. That’s also the point that most of us may easily ignore.

For too many times, we focus only on the status at the beginning and the end, we see that the dirty clothes become clean again after a 40-minute journey in the washing machine, thus we conclude that the laundry is a useful place full of magic. Only the few people who treat it seriously can find that “rolling” is the exact quintessence of the process, which enables the transformation. That’s the same in our life. We tend to neglect the most important part because we are impatient with the repetition of a simple action. However, the truth is we need repetition because it makes us professional and proficient.

【翻滾不停】

文:高路延(陳瑞球堂)

圖:conversation.which.co.uk

每週有那麼一兩次,我們會走進洗衣房,找到一台洗衣機,把所有臟衣服塞進去,交錢后按下“開始”的按鈕。之後我們只需要等整個洗衣過程結束就好。洗衣液或是洗衣粉和流水混合在一起,打濕了洗衣機內的衣服。當機器開始工作時,所有的衣服都會跟隨滾筒以一個近乎恆定的速率開始轉動,不快也不慢。就是這樣一個簡單的動作,在四十分鐘的洗衣程序中這恆定的轉動或許要重複幾百次。這看起來似乎非常單調,但正是這種高頻率的重複動作令有污垢的衣服變得乾淨。這也正是大多數人很容易忽略的地方。

很多時候我們只關注事物開始及結束的狀態,我們只看到臟衣服在洗衣機中度過了四十分鐘后重新變得乾淨,於是認為洗衣房是一個有用而充滿了魔力的地方。只有少數人意識到重複翻滾的過程才是整個洗衣過程的精華,一次又一次的翻滾才使我們看到了最後的結果。在我們的生活中這也是一樣。我們對一個簡單動作的重複感到厭煩,因此很多時候我們忽略了一件事物最重要的部分。我們應該意識到——我們需要重複,就像洗衣機需要翻滾不停,通過重複練習,才能成就我們的專業和熟練的技巧。

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