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| || ||Just a favorite story that comes to mind as I "listen" to so many moans including those on this site.|
There was a guy...lets say a city man, driving through the country and got lost. Passing by an old shack he saw an old man in a rocking chair and his dog next to him on the front pourch. Stopping to ask directions from the old fellow he was distracted by the dog. The hound lay beside the old man moaning in apparent pain the whole time. arrrruuu! errarrrruue the dog groaned. After getting directions the city boy said, "I can't help asking... You're dog sounds like he's in pain...What's wrong with him?" The old man answered, "Oh its nothin'. He's jes' laying on a nail stickin' up." "Then why doesn't he move?" the young man wondered. Looking down at the animal the old guy answered, "Aww, it don't hurt That much."
Defining the problem and admitting it is the problem is the first step. However if that's all the farther we get, then just talking about the problem becomes the problem. We get what we focus on. And focusing on the problem keeps us from looking for the solution. It matters less if the solution you first attempt is the right one than the fact that it moves your focus away from the problem toward fixing it. At any given moment you may not be able to control circumstances affecting you. You do have a choice about what you focus on. Focus on complaining about the problem no matter how well defined it is and all you get is the sound of an old dog without enough sense to get up and move. Keep laying there and moaning and that nail won't just stick you, its gonna poke right through. Just look around. There's a smooth board right close by...or maybe that soft patch of grass just off the pourch. Shoot, just stand up and you'll get some relief. Its your choice.
|Tuesday, July 27, 2004 (12:13:59 PM)|