Whatever is normal to us becomes invisible…

…even if what we’re doing is counterproductive or hurting us.

I remember hearing a story (back in my AMWAY days) where Ian old timer pulled into a service station to get some directions. As the attendant pulled out his map (yes this was told back in the day before apps were even invented lol or for that matter smartphones) the old man couldn’t help but focus his attention on a dog that lay about 3 feet from him…obviously in pain. The dog was whining and twitching and seemed unable to move from his spot. Thinking that the attendant was rather cruel, the old man asked “what’s wrong with your dog?” To which the young attendant replied…”he’s lying on a nail.” “Well why doesn’t he get up?” The guy replied “It’s not hurting bad enough.”

We say we’re sick and tired of our situation. How sick? How tired? – Not sick enough. Not tired enough.

Have you ever talked about a situation so much that you are fed up of hearing yourself talk about it, yet you can’t seem to stop? You just go on and on and on and on….to no end.

Complaining, for us is legit. It becomes habitual, until we no longer realize that we’re doing it. It’s so normal that it’s not visible. We can’t see what we’re doing because we’re blinded by the stories we’re telling ourselves. We’re blinded by our excuses. We’re blinded by our reasons. We’re blinded by……….[fill in whatever comes to mind here].

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Today my hairstylist, Antonio Gonzales shared a great lesson with me. He said – sometimes you need the gift of desperation, before you can make the changes you need to make in your life. “Some of us need to hit rock bottom” he said…”and some of us need to dig deeper than that.”

This is so very true.

Nothing is going to happen until you come out of the trance. Nothing is going to happen until you can look at yourself and speak the truth about your situation. Not to dramatize it but to look at it consciously knowing that you can do something about it.

Nothing is going to happen, unless you get up off that nail and give up being comfortable with a pain that has become way to familiar.



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