fear (a tale)
“On Lake Tanganyika (Lake Tanganyika is located in east-central Africa.) the natives have a very interesting way of catching fish. There on the equator the sun shines straight down through the clear water.
The natives take blocks of wood and string them along a long rope. They stretch this rope between two canoes and with these abreast begin to paddle towards the shallow water.
By the time they have reached the shallows, schools of fish are piled and crowded into the rocks and onto the beach. The blocks of wood on the rope make shadows which go all the way down to the bottom of the lake and the fish, seeing the approach of these shadows and the apparent solid bars which they form in the water, swim fearfully away from them and so are caught.”
moral: there-fore these fish are caught by their fears. Don’t allow your fears to cause you to run straight into your demise. The old saying, “there is nothing to fear but fear itself,” may be a cliche’ but is also a mountain of wisdom. I use a list of sayings often, and one of them is, “It is what it is,” you can’t change it, and if you can then do so. Remember, “acceptance is the key to tranquility.” “Fear is the dangling thread that can unravel you.”
excerpt from “Enemies of the Mind” (the first post on zendictive)
….Da Mo was an energetic person and exercised frequently. One night the temple was being robbed and Da Mo not knowing what to do but certainly wasn’t going to allow the robbers to just walk away with the items belonging to the monastery, Da Mo thought that he would jump out and be as ferocious as a tiger. He leaped out growling and moving around the bandits like a tiger and the bandits in total fear dropped the stolen items and fled, hence, kung fu was born….
have a fearless day