There is a scene in the beginning of the Bruce Lee movie “Enter the Dragon” where Bruce is instruction a younger student on fighting as a concept.
It goes like this:
Lee: Don’t think. FEEEEEEEEL! It’s like a finger pointing at the moon.
[Looks at student who is looking at the finger; smacks student again]
Lee: Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all of the heavenly glory!
Did you get it?
I was always a big fan of Bruce Lee’s movies and must have watched this one at least 50 times.
But it took a long time until I really started understanding what this message was about.
Of course in its most basic format it is simple, as are most lessons worth learning, but it is the simplicity of it that makes it so difficult to assimilate.
Don’t look at the small (finger) look at the large (moon).
But that is only half of the truth is it not?
Bruce is simply using a metaphor to explain one of the basic facts of life.
“Do not forget about the big picture”
We hear every day that “the devil is in the details” and we get bogged down by the business of what most of us refer to as work. But the details are only important as the smaller parts of a larger goal. When you loose sight of this goal then the details themselves lose all their relative importance as well.
After all if you do not know where you are going then the fastest transportation in the world will not get you there.
So Bruce is saying that within the larger goal (winning the fight) the action that you take (punch/kick/head-butt/etc.) is simply a details and is therefore secondary. Win by any means and let your instincts choose your path.
When something feels right it is often your instinct giving you a hint before your mind can ever catch up
Do not fear trying something new. Do not be afraid to throw away something that does not work.
Your brain is just a tool like your arm or your leg. Do not let it take over and complicate your life.
Live your life not within your mind but within your soul.