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A little Indian boy came out from the tee-pee and walked up to his father. “I am ready.” He said and they walk off into the woods. For today was the day his father was going to teach him how to make a Bow and some arrows.

Not far into the woods the boy spotted what looked like a limb that would make the perfect bow. “What about this?” The boy asked.

“No,” the father answered. It is pine, too flexible, the bow will not have enough power to shoot your arrow very far.”

The two traveled into the woods even farther. Then the boy came upon some iron wood and asked, “How about this?”

“No,” the father answered. “It is too stiff and will not have enough bend.” The father walked up to an oak tree and pulled a limb from the large tree. “This is perfect. It is strong and yet it has the right amount of give.” The father then took his knife and began whittling at the oak branch till it resemble a bow and handed it to his son so that he could finish it.

“In life, be like the bow my son. Strong and firm yet you have to be able to give a little in order to project and hit a target you are aiming for.” The boy began wrapping the handle with rabbit fur as the father pulled down a vine and showed him how to string it. The boy was excited as the wood transformed into a working bow. The father then found a straight piece of oak and whittled it into and arrow and added some feathers. “Try it.” The father said.

The boy notched the arrow and drew the string back, aimed and released. The arrow flew high and out of sight. “You will go far my son.”

(moral: you must be flexible and be able to give in order to reach what you aim for)


have a zen filled day



 They say that Saint John the Apostle liked to play with his pet sparrow from time to time. One day a hunter came to visit him and was surprised to see such a famous man playing. He surely could and should be making better use of his time. So he asked him,”Why do you waste your time playing? Why devote so much attention to something as useless as a sparrow?”
Saint John looked at him in surprise and asked: “Why is the string on your bow not tight?”
“Oh, you can’t keep it tight all the time,” the hunter explained, “otherwise it loses its tension and becomes useless for shooting arrows.”
So Saint John told him in return: “My friend, just as you always release the tension on your bowstring, so you must release the tension inside of you and relax. If I don’t relax and just play, I have no strength for any great undertaking. I don’t even have the strength to do what I have to and what is necessary.”
It has been so hot… I saw two trees fighting over a dog needing to pee.
have a quality week-end

God Needs Our Hands
 At the end of World War II a group of soldiers offered to help the people of a destroyed village in any way they could. But instead of asking for food, money, or farm equipment, the townsmen asked for help in restoring a statue. For years their proudest possession had been a statue of Christ in their own town square. Now it lay shattered into many pieces. Could the soldiers help put it together again? It was a difficult task, chips and pieces lay all over the square.
Finally the statue was repaired except for two missing parts that the soldiers could not find. Finished, they covered the statue with a silken parachute, so that it could be unveiled in a ceremony before the townspeople, even though it was incomplete.
On the occasion the mayor of the town gave a speech and pulled the cord of the silken drape… It dropped from the statue, showing a Christ without hands. At first the townspeople were shocked. Then they looked down at a sign which the soldiers had put at the feet of the statue. It said: “I have no hands. Won’t you please lend me yours?”…
may your day be filled with relaxation

A long time ago there was a young samurai and his fiancé who were deeply in love. One day his fiancé was walking through the forest when she was attacked and seriously mauled by a man-eating tiger! No matter what the young samurai did, nothing could save her… and she died

From the depths of his sorrow he vowed to revenge his beloved, by seeking out the tiger and killing it.

So he took his bow and arrow and sought out into the forest, month after month in search of the man-eating beast. Searching daily in the forest, the samurai finally saw a sleeping tiger in the distance and concluded that this must be the tiger responsible for the death of his lover!

He drew his bow, took careful aim and released the arrow which found its mark and pierced the tiger’s body deeply. Drawing and mounting another arrow he slowly approached the motionless creature to confirm the kill… only to find his arrow stuck deeply into a striped colored stone which happened to resemble that of a sleeping tiger!

After this, everyone in the village began to talk about how strong he was, because he could pierce a stone with his arrow, and people became determined to test him. However, regardless of how many times he attempted to repeat the undertaking his arrows kept bouncing off the rock.

This was because he now realized that his target is only a stone. In the past his resolve had been so profound that he was actually able to physically pierce a stone with his arrow. However, now under different circumstances, he was unable to repeat the same feat.


Moral of the story?

“A strong will can even pierce stone”. In other words, resolve can serve as a powerful vehicle for achieving seemingly impossibe things.


This story reminded me of the mothers day post, if you missed the read,,, click here…

Tiger’s son

~another great tiger legend tale~

May you achieve seemingly impossibe goals today



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