Perfecting Timing

The evening before the graduation planned for the next morning the students gathered for a final lecture by the Academy’s Patriarch, Yen Tzu. ‘The opportunity for Human Life is rare,’ he began. ‘So rare that it can be likened to that magical event which occurs just once every four hundred years: The moment when the great mythical sea turtle rises for air. Imagine, that while breaking the surface, the creature places its head through a bamboo ring – a single lone hoop that happens to be floating randomly alone in the vast ocean. What perfect timing that would take!

‘Imagine too that this solitary wooden necklace fitted exactly. What precision that would be! Now imagine that the human physical body is the bamboo circle, and the turtle is the very unique essence of you entering it. Then you can imagine the perfect coming together of forces that must happen for our own birth.’

‘It is indeed hard to consider that our life is such a rarity,’ replied his pupil, Lu Chou. ‘Just look at the countless people going about their business in the Imperial city each day!’

‘Just so,’ answered Yen Tzu, ‘and each one of them is just where they have chosen to be. For in truth our lives are the result of a synchronicity between our thoughts and our decisive actions. As such, each one of us has the ability to be at the right place and at the right time for us...'

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