It seems that in Og Mandino’s Scroll 3, the bull of the orient has been pretty controversial. Some people don’t like the fact that the bull and bull fighting are in the scroll and remove it. Now I love my animals and my little dogs and I prefer kindness towards animals so this has really made me look closer at this aspect of the scroll so that I can work it and gain what Og was intending me to learn from it. After about three weeks of reading this part of the scroll and thinking on it, here is what I have learned:
- We are in a life or death battle for OURSELVES! I read a comment somewhere and the person had mentioned that they didn’t’ like the bull story because the bull dies in a bull fight. I have realized that I die in my story too. Og says I persist as long as there is breath in me (I die). I also realized that if I don’t fight and charge on I die on the inside and become a spectator of my own life.
- A cool thing I came upon was also that in a bull fight the arena is full but there are only TWO playing the game. I become grateful that I am in the game when so many people aren’t and admitted that the game isn’t easy to swallow all the time.
- Then there was the simple picture of life being a battle in which I must have an attitude of FORGING and CHARGING ahead. Aggressiveness in purpose is fundamental for success. Life constantly produces piercing blows and we still keep charging on.
- Finally, I realize that bull fighting is not the choice of the bull. The bull didn’t ask for this and then there are all kinds of spectators getting a kick out of the bull getting beat down. This is probably the sickest part of the story but I saw a life truth in it. It seems……….that in life we find ourselves in arenas that we seemingly didn’t choose and people are all around laughing at us and kind of hoping we fall and fail. What does Og say we do, charge on despite these stings of life.
Although I understand that many don’t like the picture of Bull Fighting and I don’t really like it either, but I just wanted to find something good in the story and I think I did.