Third Week of December- Forget About Winning

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 he 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

Then of shooting-

And the need to win

Drains him of power.

Thomas Merton, The Way Of Chuang Tzu

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