How to Deal with the Snakes in Your Life
Don't let their poisonous bite infect you
Learn the truth about the unfortunate outcomes and consequences of not paying attention to the world around us …
The laws of nature don’t take kindly to the suggestion of change.
Clouds gather in the sky. Sometimes they form beautiful patterns, giving our minds the opportunity to relax and imagine and explore.
Other times they merge and evolve into dangerous storms, with the power to destroy homes and lives.
We have no control over clouds or the manner in which they congregate and develop. When catastrophe strikes and we’re in harm’s way, we cannot be angry at the clouds.
We can watch the movement of the sun’s ray spreading across the landscape, forming patterns and shadows on the ground — clear evidence of our rotating planet spinning in its natural orbit as time passes by. The planet does not care that we have much yet to do, that we have unfinished work, or have loved ones waiting for our return.
Yet we cannot be angry with the sun or our planet.
They move in tandem, revolving in their natural dance as they do every day — as they have for over four billion years.
One cannot be angry with a snake when they are bitten.
Because it is what snakes do.
If you spend enough time around snakes, you come to understand — perhaps from painful experience — that their instinct is to strike without thought or discussion, and often without provocation.
Knowing this truth, if one chooses to reside in snake-infested territory, they must also understand this inevitable law of nature — they will be bitten time and time again, regardless of how angry they become at the snake.
We can choose to notice the sky and formation of clouds, and decide whether to enjoy the afternoon in carefree bliss or head for cover.
We can watch the ebb and flow of shadows playing on the ground — how they lengthen, then shorten, then grow again. And we can determine how best to use the racing minutes and hours and days.
We can come upon a grassy field - knowing it is the domain of snakes - and choose to stubbornly traverse the lair, subjecting ourselves to being bitten. Or we can find another path to take.
Choices are the invisible threads of life. So are the lessons we learn through experience.
If we do not heed the reality of the world we live in — if we ignore the nature of the environment around us and those who inhabit it — our short-sighted choices will continue to disrupt our lives, causing anger, frustration, stress, and unnecessary damage.
The truth is we’re given warnings all the time — signs intended to teach and instill awareness.
But we don’t always pay attention or use the information wisely.
By disregarding the laws of nature, we subject ourselves to being drenched in horrific downpours, wasting time by avoiding obligations and responsibilities, and blindly succumbing to being attacked and infected with stinging, piercing bites.
Because we refused to acknowledge the cautions — even though we’ve seen them, heard them, watched them, and felt them many times before.
In health & happiness,
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Jill Reid is the author of Real Life, Discover Your Personal Truth, Life in Small Doses, and Please God, Make Me A Writer. Her books, videos, and newsletter explore life, relationships, health, and personal success strategies for working through the challenges of everyday life.
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