It started with an accidental game, then it becomes a routine whenever I am in town. Turns out I enjoy learning archery. After those black and blues and sore arms (and back!) I just realised that I also learn different things when I saw the result of my shot in one particular session:
I just realised that I had much to learn about other things when I saw this result. If it was a hollywood drama, the sequence would be out of target, blue, and finally yellow. As it happened (as life happens) it was yellow, out of target, blue (twice), out of target, yellow. Oh well... Then it dawned on me that I learnt a lot this past few weeks:
1. Control my emotion and ego
Unable to control both, then you will get nothing. Maybe it will get you the target you want, but it will feel empty.
2. Do your best on those things under your control
When it's gone, it's gone! The micro seconds you let go the arrow, then that's it. That's why sometimes it is not a good idea to change your mind the split second before you shot, before you let go. Those last split second might change everything for the worse (or might be the best--who knows). What I know is, before finally letting go the arrow, there almost always a temptation to fix a bit of this, move a bit of that. Well, if you really thing you already prepare the shoot well, forget those temptation.
3. Whatever mess that you make, you are the one who has to clear them
Last but not the least, this is also important. Whatever your result is, however messy it is, you are the one who will pull the arrow from the target. When it missed, you will be the one who scrape the green grass to find those missing arrows.
-JOG, while waiting for a delayed flight