He was born of an immortal mother and a mortal father.
His mother wanted him to be immortal and dipped him into the River Styx.
Achilles’ body then became immortal – no weapon could harm him – except for one place.
When he was dipped into the River Styx, he was held by his heel.
His heel was not immortal. During the Trojan war, the coward, Paris shot him in the heal with a poison arrow.
The arrow was guided by Apollo, the Sun God, who had a few grudges against Achilles.
Achilles had killed a few of Apollo’s mortal offspring…
The Lesson In The Story
Each of us has weaknesses. Knowing what they are can be just as important to our ability to navigate this difficult world as knowing what our strengths are.
Of course, no one likes to have limitations. This means it is difficult for many of us even acknowledge that we have weaknesses, let alone try to understand what they are.
In business, you would, of course, delegate your weaknesses out to others. This is assuming that you have such a position. If you are not in a place to delegate work out, then you are either an employee or self-employed.
Having a business means that you have an entire system in place. That system has a way to run and repair itself even if you are away. If you don’t have that, then you probably don’t really have a business.
No matter how great we become, however, we can always be brought down.
This is the larger lesson in the story: None of us are too great to fall.
We all have our weakness.
In life, we may not even see that we are about to take a fall. That’s scary, isn’t it.
Why Do We Have Weaknesses?
Drilling a little deeper: Why are we this way? You would think that there would be some type of pathway towards becoming better and better, right?
Human beings get sick, they age and they die. But why is it that way?
I know that throughout history there have been many that have attempted to answer this question.
However, I have yet to find any teachings, writings or information that explains things as thoroughly as this book: Zhuan Falun
Free copies are available in most languages at the FalunDafa.org website.
You Have Questions
Once we start to ponder our weaknesses, we are led to more and more questions about ourselves and our nature.
If you stopped asking questions along the way, then it is time to start asking those questions again.
I know it is hard to get through the day as it is! When you starting seeking the truth about life, perhaps it gets a little harder – on the surface at least.
But I hold that life actually can get easier when you ask questions and when you start finding answers. The right information can make a huge difference. I suggest reading Zhuan Falun.
If you are struggling to understand why this world is the way it is, how it works, and what is really going on, then that book is for you.
Read through it once – all the way through. Then see how you feel. Read it again and you will have a new perspective. It keeps going like that.
I have been reading it for over 12 years now. I love what I get from reading that book. You should read it too.
Achilles Had A Weakness
Perhaps if Achilles had asked more questions about his fate or his purpose for existence, he would not have met with the fate that he did?
Are we all moving towards a preset destiny? Or, is it possible to rise above that and to find a better destination.
Who wants to be remembered for killing a lot of people anyway? What is there in that? We don’t need more heroes in the world.
We need more thinkers.
Do not share the fate of Achilles. Ask the questions that start to free your mind now…