Zen Zone #32

A tea master once accidentally slighted a warrior. The master apologized, but the warrior, with a legendary temper, demanded a duel. Having no fighting experience, the master asked the advice of a fellow Zen master who did possess such skill.

As he was served by his friend, the Zen swordsman could not help but notice how the tea master performed his art with perfect concentration and tranquility. "Tomorrow," the Zen swordsman said, "when you duel the warrior, hold your weapon above your head, as if ready to strike, and face him with the same concentration and tranquility with which you perform the tea ceremony." 

The next day, at the appointed time and place for the duel, the tea master followed this advice. As the warrior prepared to strike, he stared for a long time into the fully attentive but calm face of the tea master. Finally, the warrior lowered his sword, apologized for his arrogance, and left without a blow being struck. 

Even when faced with adversity, understand your adversary, maintain your composure, obtain perspective, and open your mind to opportunities that may not be readily obvious.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.

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2014-11-25 15:43:18
Andy Olesen
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I like the sentiment but I think the responsibility has to include everyone in the organization. The fire service has a paternalistic view of management and leadership. Ie one you have a bugle....... We adopted a military model of discipline and leadership from WW2. Our troops are not 19 year old boys that we have…
2014-11-23 13:58:00
Mick Mayers
And Yet It Moves
Thanks for sharing that perspective!
2014-11-07 10:56:00
Ruth
And Yet It Moves
Thank you. I'm not a firefighter, but have worked as a paramedic for a fire department for quite some time, and I'm married to a firefighter who likes to train. For years, while he studied fires and prepped training videos, I've been forced to watch YouTube video after YouTube video of fire scenes. Even before…
2014-10-29 02:59:00
Jason Sparks
And Yet It Moves
Very well stated sir!
2014-10-29 01:45:00

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