“Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.” – Crystal Middlemas
There is the story of a young martial arts student who was under the guidance of a famous master.
One day, the master was watching a practice session in the courtyard.
He realized that the presence of the other students was interfering with the young man’s attempts to perfect his technique.
The master could sense the young man’s frustration. He went up to the young man and tapped him on the shoulder.
‘What’s the problem?’ he enquired.
‘I don’t know?’ said the youth, with a strained expression.
‘No matter how much I try, I am unable to execute the moves properly.’
‘Before you can master technique, you must understand focus and harmony. Come with me, I will explain,’ replied the master.
The teacher and student left the building and walked some distance into the woods until they came upon a stream. The master stood silently on the bank for several moments.
Then he spoke.
‘Look at the stream,’ he said.
‘There are always rocks in its way, but does the water slam into the rocks and stop moving?’
No. It simply flows over and around them and moves on! Be like the water and you will know how to face distractions in life.’
The young man took the master’s advice and with practice, he was focused, and executed the most perfect moves.
We don’t always need to stop, notice or contemplate, road blocks or challenges in our life. Sometimes we simply just need to move on.