I'm the keeper of an old farmhouse and seeker of old beautiful things to fill her (and then some, lol) Often someone asks just how all this came to be.
So for the curious, the lovers of all things old, those who share my triumphs and tragedies and those thinking of loving an ancient old house I've started to put all it all to word and picture here.
The Archer's Paradox - You Can't Hit A Target By Aiming At It
I couldn't sleep. There was less than nothing on television aside from the violent or sophomoric. Scanning the channels I stumbled upon a documentary discussing Medieval life.
If you've read here often, you know I've always believed the universe delivers lessons, insights, strength, direction. That's what the universe (fate) is responsible for. Our contribution is to be aware. To notice, to find the message(s) arrival within the not-necessarily-obvious envelope. Often via a curious or unlikely courier.
One of the topics within the documentary was the archer's paradox. Basically it refers to the fact when leaving the bow the arrow initially flies bending left and right in a snakelike fashion. This continually decreases until ultimately the arrow flies straight and true.
The skilled challenge for the ancient archer was calculating distance or their aim toward the target. It wasn't as simple as draw the arrow, aim directly and hit the target. (Aka sometimes, the way to strike your target is by not pointing directly towards it).
So there I found myself sitting on the couch. In the wee hours of the night. The time of night when all things seem the worst. When wolves howl and when panic propagates.
In that moment it seemed one of the lessons life had delivered (via a documentary) was the Archer's Paradox.
Learn how to offset. Consider adjusting your calculation(s). Understand that the target is not necessarily struck by the obvious logical approach of aiming directly towards its center. The path isn't necessarily obvious nor direct.
And whilst I ponder both the content (and the curious delivery) of this message from life, about life I thought I'd share it with you.