The parable of the arrow

There was once a Native American who injured by an arrow while hunting for food in the Georgia swampland. And when his family wanted to get the tribe’s medicine man to help him, the man said no. The mortally wounded man said that before anyone tried to help him, he wanted to know who had attacked him and what tribe was he from?

He also wanted to know this other man’s height, strength, skin tone, the kind of bow he used, and whether its string was made of hemp, silk, or animal skin.

So, as he wondered if the arrow’s feathers came from a vulture, turkey, or hawk, and whether the bow was common, curved, he ended up dying before getting an answer to any of his questions.


You may wonder what we can learn from the story? It’s simple.

Aren’t there times when we act like the wounded warrior, too? It might be unconsciously, but sometimes we focus too much on questions that are actually unimportant at the time.
We leave the heart of the matter unknown, while we worry about issues that are relatively unimportant after the fact.


So then, we need intelligence to separate the important from what we can do without. Because, at an any given moment, it could make the difference between overcoming a difficulty or being overcome by it. Sometimes, we forget about making the right thing a priority when there is a real problem, and we look for the problem in the solution.

Don’t waste your time, or anyone else’s, on the unnecessary.

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