The Parable of the Arrow
A man was walking through a forest, when suddenly seemingly out of nowhere, an arrow pierced his thigh. He felt a sharp pain. Then, immediately following he felt anger. The thought quickly came. Where did the arrow come from? Who shot it? I’m going to find him. He must be punished. He finally pulled the arrow out of his leg. Gradually the physical pain went away and the wound healed. His anger continued for days. His thoughts of anger and frustration reoccurred for the rest of his life.
Another man was walking through a forest. When seemingly out of nowhere, an arrow pierced his thigh. He felt a sharp pain. He took out the arrow and continued walking. The wound healed.
Adaptation from a Buddhist Teaching
How do you want to live? The choice is always yours.
“The world will tell you there are pyramids you must climb to feel successful. Pay no attention. Your life’s joy isn’t at the apex of a pyramid. It comes from a well of creativity that flows from your very center.” Martha Beck
I learned a long time ago that I did not have to get the highest grade, hold the highest position or trek the highest mountain to truly enjoy life. I embraced the journey as my reward and the peaceful moments along the way as my true north star.
Be easy on yourself this weekend, work in moments for being not doing and do not run from the messages that may bubble to the surface. Treasure them for they will lead you to your true self and provide a path to the life you really want.
“Your heart is a compass in a chaotic world. Follow it. Resist anything that looks reeeally good, but feels reeeally bad. Be brave enough to turn away from shiny objects, and toward the light that makes them shine.” Martha Beck
Spend quiet time finding out who you are and then follow the paths that delight you!
I promise you, you will never regret it!
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What would your life be like if each day you lived your intention? What do you really want in your life? What truly matters to you? Try it and see what happens.