I am in the process of getting a hold of photos from a variety of sources from the demo yesterday. I love looking at photos from our demos, as a kind of permanent reminder that I actually *did* something worthwhile, but I loathe looking at photos of myself from these events because I can see what shocking form I have (and I look much plumper, to put it nicely, than I did in the past).
I think I'll read through "Hagakure" by Yamamoto Tsunetomo again soon (also known as 'The Book of the Samurai'). It really is one of my favourite books, I think, and it always helps me focus. In that 'far away mountain' sense, where you're not so much focused as in a very 'no mind' state. Hard to explain. It is also filled with advice and guidelines for living as not just a good retainer, but a good person as well:
"When someone is giving you his opinion, you should recieve it with deep gratitude even though it is worthless."