Saturday, February 18, 2012

the need to win

When the archer is shooting for nothing
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or see two targets -
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed.  But the prize
Divides him.  He cares.
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting -
And the need to win 
Drains him of power.

~ Chuang Tzu
translation by Thomas Merton
sculpture by Antoine Bourdelle