Day 16 Taking the arrow out.

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I was reading a Buddhist parable about a man that gets shot with a poisoned arrow:

"It's just as if a man were wounded with an arrow thickly smeared with poison. His friends & companions, kinsmen & relatives would provide him with a surgeon, and the man would say, 'I won't have this arrow removed until I know whether the man who wounded me was a noble warrior, a priest, a merchant, or a worker.' He would say, 'I won't have this arrow removed until I know the given name & clan name of the man who wounded me... until I know whether he was tall, medium, or short... until I know whether he was dark, ruddy-brown, or golden-colored... until I know his home village, town, or city... until I know whether the bow with which I was wounded was a long bow or a crossbow... until I know whether the bowstring with which I was wounded was fiber, bamboo threads, sinew, hemp, or bark... until I know whether the shaft with which I was wounded was wild or cultivated... until I know whether the feathers of the shaft with which I was wounded were those of a vulture, a stork, a hawk, a peacock, or another bird... until I know whether the shaft with which I was wounded was bound with the sinew of an ox, a water buffalo, a langur, or a monkey.' He would say, 'I won't have this arrow removed until I know whether the shaft with which I was wounded was that of a common arrow, a curved arrow, a barbed, a calf-toothed, or an oleander arrow.' The man would die and those things would still remain unknown to him."

It kinda reminded me of how I sometimes would over-analyse the rebooting process. "Should I do this, should I do that" type of thinking. "Should I count days, or shouldn't I ; or Should I use a web blocker or shouldn't I, etc, etc...
The most important thing to do is letting go of PMO (taking out the arrow) The other tools help but arent an answer in of themselves. I guess it just kind of inspired me to stay focused on the task of rebooting and not let little nuances of the reboot hijack my mind. Although at times its very difficult, the goal is very simple.

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