The only thing that counts is releasing the arrow
This well known Zen saying has the obvious meanings of overcoming fear of failure and the importance of learning from mistakes.
But there is a deeper meaning. Unless the arrow is released it will never reach the target. Releasing the arrow is what counts. Feeling into it, thinking about it, wanting to do it, deciding to do it.... None of these counts.
The only thing that counts is releasing the arrow. Releasing it now.
What arrow will you release today?
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I am Nicholas Hudis an author and mentor dedicated to the path of self-cultivation. After 25 years as a therapist/coach, I see that the need is not for therapy but for cultivating the skill to live wisely, ethically and purposefully. I am no "sage" but the wisdom of Confucius, the Buddha and the Stoic philosophers guides me on a daily basis. My desire is to share this inspiration, through my writings and personal mentoring, and make a difference to your life too.