Let it Fly
The function of an arrow is only carried out when it is first pulled backward. Dragged behind. Brought intentionally against the direction it wishes to go.
But it is from this position — this position that seems to delay its progress, that seems counterproductive to its mission, that works directly against the arrow's intended movement — that it is able to launch forward.
Not just any measure forward either.
The things that seem to hold you back in this moment are not necessarily the means to your end. The barriers to your progress. The enemies of your forward momentum.
It is through those moments where you meet resistance that you gain strength.
When you feel your momentum is challenged, look more closely.
Is it defeat, or is it simply a part of your journey forward?
The arrow is first pulled backward before it is able to fly with a strength that could never otherwise know.
It is thanks to the times where we feel the most resistance that we are able to know the greatest progress.
It is thanks to the things that try to hold us back that we can realize our ability to fly.
tattoo #11 •• three years in waiting
Chris Kast | Powerhouse Tattoo, Montclair, NJ | 5.18.14