SHOOTING AN ARROW

One day, the Zen master wanted to show his students a new technique of shooting an arrow. He told his students to cover his eyes with a cloth, then he shot his arrow. When he opened his eyes, he saw the target with no arrow in it and when he looked at his students, they looked embarrassed because their teacher had missed.

The Zen master asked them, “What lesson do you think I intended to teach you today?” They answered, “We thought you would show us how to shoot at the target without looking.” The Zen master said, “No, I taught you that if you want to be successful in life, never forget the target. You must keep an eye on the target, otherwise you may miss a good opportunity in life.” They looked at each other, impressed with the lesson.

KEY TAKE AWAYS:

We need to consistently focus on what we want, and we need to realize that :

  • What thoughts we focus on we FEEL, therefore our thoughts have a direct effect on our emotions.
  • What we focus on and feel we attract in our lives. Our destiny is consistently shaped by our thoughts.

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

– Joshua J. Marine

Published: April 3, 2022

Categories: Black Belt Excellence, Life Skills, Personal

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