Excerpts from The Knight in Rusty Armor by Robert Fisher
Life is good when you accept it.
The first castle is named Silence; the second, Knowledge; and the third, Will and Daring. Once you enter them, you will find your way out only after you have learned what you are there to learn.
The fight will be learning to love yourself. It will begin with learning to know yourself.
His tears broke down the steel surrounding him.
When you learn to accept instead of expect, you’ll have fewer disappointments.
Knowledge is the light by which you shall find your find.
Have you mistaken need for love?
The knight cried harder as he realized that if he didn’t love himself, he couldn’t really love others. His need for them would get in the way.
You can love others only to the extent that you love yourself.
Truth is love.
There is nothing more beautiful than the light of self-knowledge.
Maybe I did hide my feelings, but I couldn’t just say everything I felt like saying and do everything I felt like doing. Nobody would have liked me. The knight stopped short as he uttered these words, realizing that he’d lived his whole life in a way that would make people like him. He thought of all the crusades he’d fought in, the dragons he’d slain, and the damsels he’d rescued from distress – all to prove that he was good, kind, and loving. The truth was he didn’t have to prove anything. He was good, kind, and loving.
Were you so busy trying to become that you couldn’t enjoy just being?
Here’s where we can learn from this apple tree. It has become handsome and fully mature, bearing fine fruit which it gives freely to all. The more apples that people pick, the more the tree grows and the more beautiful it becomes. This tree is doing exactly what apple trees are meant to do – fulfilling its potential to the benefit of all. It can be the same with people when they have ambition from the heart.
Human beings were given two feet so that they would not have to stay in one place, but if they would stand still more often to accept and appreciate instead of running around to grab, they would truly understand ambition from the heart.
Inside the Castle of Will and Daring there is the Dragon of Fear and Doubt.
How can you live with yourself if you don’t have the will and daring to test your self-knowledge.
Self-knowledge is truth, and truth is mightier than the sword.
He didn’t need to prove anything. He was born good, kind, and loving. Therefore, he didn’t have to feel fear and doubt. The dragon was only an illusion.
If you believe the Dragon of Fear and Doubt is real, you give it the power to burn your behind or anything else.
If you face the dragon, there’s a chance that it will destroy you, but if you don’t face the dragon, it will surely destroy you.
Fear and doubt are illusions.
The Dragon of Fear and Doubt will be back, but I’ll be there again and again to stand in the way. Each time the dragon comes back, I’ll be stronger, and the dragon will be weaker.
Though this universe I own, I possess not a thing, for I cannot know the unknown if to the known I cling.
Trust life, the force, the universe, God.
The knight let go of all that he’d feared and all he had known and possessed. His willingness to embrace the unknown had set him free. Now the universe was his to experience and enjoy.