Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Archers's Paradox ~ Life Lessons

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.


Paradox noted. 


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.

1 comment:

Florida Farm Girl said...

Think it just goes to show that sometimes the solution is in a round about way. Hope you're doing well. Been wondering about you.