Present your bow to the target
When the command is given, everyone raises their bow, takes aim at the target and visualizes the shot. It’s a command that prompts them to form a solid stance, position their shoulders and align their thinking. One command, several simultaneous steps. Practice makes perfect and discipline keeps everyone on course.
After presenting your bow to the target all that’s left to do is grab an arrow, take aim and shoot. And don’t forget follow-through. He or she who lets loose the arrow and immediately drops the bow is sure to miss the mark. Follow through means sticking around to see that the shot — or the job — is done right. So many seemingly simple lessons that carry into daily living.
And speaking of living, I sent them into warm sunshine on this cold day to plant spring bulbs. Tulip, crocus and daffodil bulbs will greet us in a few months. The cold winds will come and the snow will be deep but in the end, there is hope for a bright, fragrant and cheerful tomorrow. Always.
Be prepared, sure. Wear the proper attire, have a pair of boots handy for times when the mire sucks you in and pulls you down. And always, no matter how far you have to go or how much you have to do, keep a smile fixed on your face. Stretch out your arms and bask in the living — even if you’re trailing behind. Lead when you can, bring up the rear when you can’t and keep hope alive in your heart.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit,” ~ Romans 15:13.