Page 15 - The Lady of the Rings

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It was not a large book, only 110 pages and 5
chapters enticingly named, Earth, Water, Fire, Wind
and No-thing, whatever that was supposed to mean.
I can knock this off in about an hour, I thought and
randomly opened the book to a section called “no
thought, no idea” in the Water chapter and read about
not having a preconceived notion about how a situation
should resolve itself. How the hell can you do that, I
thought? You have to know in your mind how you
think things will turn out or you are at the mercy of
circumstance. If it meant that you should remain
detached from things, then how could you ever express
your true feelings? The restaurant had to have a profit
and so I would always make sure that I did what had to
be done in order for that to occur. Having to fend for
myself caused me to focus on success and I always made
sure to do those things that could fairly well guarantee
that, such as making sure the quality of my food was
the highest, and that the service performed by my staff
was up to my standards. Obviously, “no thought, no
idea” was common sense. So where was the mystery in
that? Unless of course, as an individual you weren’t firm
in your own belief and I am definitely firm in mine.
You do it my way or hit the highway unless it’s to my
advantage to let you get away with something.
Other sect ions drew my cur iosity such as
“crushing the enemy’s body and spirit.” It seemed to me
that the book was only about killing people; probably
why Garcia tried to apply it to his karate. I read the
introduct ion and intuit ively knew that the term