Master: Most courageous lion tamers use two tools to control and ‘tame’ the fierce companions prowling around the cage: a whip and a stool, or a chair. Which of the two is the most valuable to the tamer?
Student: Surely the whip.
Master: No. The one most important tool is the stool, and more specifically, the four legs of the stool!
Student: That’s odd! Why so?
Master: A lion can easily overpower, maul and kill a person. However, it’s only easy for the lion to do so if it can focus on the singular object of the person. The lion tamer uses the stool as a method of distraction. The lion, when faced with the legs of the stool, tries to focus on all four at once. Confused, and unable to focus, it stands there, frozen! The lion tamer remains relatively safe behind the stool.
Source: Based on a story found in
How Does Aspirin Find a Headache?
(New York: HarperCollins, 1993.) pages 9-11
Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. Whether you know it or not, you’re already in the circus ring of life. Most of the time, we sit quietly, maybe confused, gazing at the wooden stool dangled in front of us, silently debating about which leg is the most important.
“You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.” —Winston Churchill, Speech, 3 December 1923
“The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.” —Richard Cecil
“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” —Source Unknown