Prepared but not Ready
Two temples each had a child protégé. The children would pass each other on their way to the market each morning.
“Where are you going?” asked the first child
“I am going wherever my feet go.” was the reply of the second child.
This reply puzzled the first child and he went to his teacher for help. The teacher instructed him: “Tomorrow morning, ask him the same question.He will give the same answer, and then you ask him: ‘Suppose you have no feet, then where are you going?’ That will fix him.”
And so the next morning, the child again asked: “Where are you going?”
“I am going wherever the wind blows.” was the reply.
Defeated again, the first child returned to this teacher. The new instruction was similar: “Ask him where he is going if there is no wind.”
On their next meeting, the child asked with assurance: “Where are you going?”
“I am going to the market to buy vegetables.” was the final reply
The original source of this story is referenced to a compilation Flesh Zen Bones Zen by Paul Reps (Zen Flesh, Zen Bones #89)