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|Mar 02, 2008 12:09 am||Where Is Your Arrow Aimed??||#|
|Visiting my local Barnes & Noble I discovered a book called "This Glorious Quest" by Colin Pearce. Leafing thru it I found a little story that I quite liked.|
Quote: Robin Hood lay dying.
Maid Marion gathered the Merry Men to hear his last words and dying wishes.
'Good Friar Tuck', he said. 'Please open yon window that I may gaze one last time upon my beloved Sherwood.
'Sweet Marion, place the downy pillow under my shoulder that I may rest thereon.
'Little John, my old friend, hand me my trusted long bow fashioned from the springy yew tree.
'Honest Will Scarlet, pass me an arrow crafted of birch, fletched with the feathers of the King's grey goose.'
As each one quietly and reverently did as asked, Robin Hood gasped hi instructions, 'Now I bid thee, swear an oath on my life'.
'On thy life, old friend', they choked, struggling to hold back their tears.
As he pressed the feathered arrow shaft to his lips and drew back the bow with all his strength, Robin Hood uttered his last words. 'Your pledge: Where this arrow falls there I will be buried.'
Solemnly they pledged --- and two days later they buried him on top of the dressing table.
And the moral of the story? Like most people, Robin Hood aimed too low and his shot fell too short. Just as Robin Hood's shot fell short of Sherwood (his target), so many people are out there aiming for nothing and hitting that target of nothing on a daily basis.
So, what can we do? Pick our targets well -- aim not too low, not too close, but at a target that is still in sight and still reachable. That is, we should set our goals high, but we should also have realistic expectations about them. And just like the archer becomes better at hitting his or her targets with practice, so do we.
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|Mar 02, 2008 1:44 am||re: Where Is Your Arrow Aimed??||#|
|Good story Michael. That's the problem with many a small business -- including mine at one time. There is not target, there is no focus.|
Who needs help with focusing their efforts? Post your problem here and the many wise minds on this forum will assist you.
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