Good Afternoon, God!
I have been reading The Way of Chuang Tzu done by Thomas Merton. By “done” I mean Merton created his own version of earlier translations. It feels like a book of double wisdom. This story caught my eye:
When an archer is shooting for nothing
He has all his skill
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed. But the prize
Divides him. He cares.
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting —
And the need to win
Drains him of power.
Those last two lines struck me as worth pondering. Do I wish to win? In how many aspects of my life am I motivated by a desire to Win or to be Right?
I suspect, God, that Mindset. . . drains me of power. Power You might like to give me to hear and love — those around me, and within myself.