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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Parable from Jeremy

A young boy travelled across Japan to the school of a famous martial artist. When he arrived at the dojo he was given an audience by the Sensei "What do you wish from me?" the master asked. "I wish to be your student and become the finest kareteka in the land," the boy replied. "How long must I study?" "Ten years at least," the master answered. "Ten years is a long time," said the boy. "What if I studied twice as hard as all your other students?" "Twenty years," replied the master. "Twenty years! What if I practice day and night with all my effort?" "Thirty years," was the master's reply. "How is it that each time I say I will work harder, you tell me that it will take longer?" the boy asked. "The answer is clear. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the Way."

I suppose different people will get different things out of this story. The moral of this story from my perspective is if we view one aspect of life and only accept that view as being everything to us then we may come unstuck and lose our way, it always pays to keep the mind and spirit open. I hope that I have achieved that.


Blogger narjoy said...

I read "A Parable from Jeremy" and was struck by how relevant it was to my life at this time. Starting a new job, with new people, learning to get along with others I had never met before, striving to prove myself......this post gave me unusual insight. Thanx for the timely post. I intend to mull over it a bit more and internalise the lessons from this post and incorporate them into my philosophy of life.

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