There once was a man who was so disturbed by the sight of his own shadow and so uneasy with the sound of his own footsteps that he determined to get rid of them both at the same time. He decided that the best way to accomplish this task was to run away from them. So at one moment, he got up and he ran. The problem was though that every time he set his foot down there was the sound of another step, and while he ran quickly, his shadow had no problem keeping up with him. He determined his lack of success was because he simply wasn’t running fast enough. So after pondering his problem, he decided to run as fast as he could as long as he could; and he did so without stopping, until he finally collapsed and died. The poor man failed to realize that if he had merely stepped into the shade, his shadow would of vanished, and if he sat down and stayed still, there wouldn’t have been any more footsteps.
– Chuang Tzu