At my last post I said we were gonna look at options we could use to rid ourselves of the negative effects of hurts and offenses. I see now, that will need to be placed on hold for the moment. There is something I overlooked that must be brought out to add clarity to the prior post and a sense of mandate for dealing with this issue going forward. The best way to set this before you is to tell you a story. I shall do so now.
There once was a man who carried a snake with him everywhere he went. The snake was draped across both shoulders and around the neck. This was no ordinary snake, for it was a triple headed snake and very poisonous.
The man who carried this snake was constantly bitten about the head, neck, back, chest, ears and arms. Sometimes he would grab the head of the snake, attempting to avert it’s attack, only to be bitten by one of its other two heads. This snake had long fangs with which it inflicted very deep bites and with each bite the snake injected venom. Over the course of a long period of time, the snake continued to repeatedly bite and inject more and more of it’s poisonous venom. The bites were so painful that the man would cry out and scream. No one wanted to be in his presence because they felt that the cries and screams were directed at them. I mean, even the sales clerk at the check-out hated to see him enter the store.
The snake lay dormant most of the time. It bit only when it was roused from its dormant state. Ironically, the snake was only awakened when the man thought about the snake. His thinking about the snake acted like an early morning alarm clock or some one blowing a car horn late at night. To the snake, his thoughts were like finger nails scratched across a chalk board. The snake would become aroused in such a fit of anger, it would commence to bite him furiously, injecting more and more venom.
One day someone spoke up and asked “Why don’t you just let that snake go?” Someone else exclaimed, “Throw that snake down on the ground!” The man responded, “I can not. I can not let it go. If I let it go, it will get away scott free. It must not get away from me after all the hurt and pain it’s caused me. It must never go free and everyone will see what this snake has done to me and the pain it has inflicted on me.”
I can’t tell you how this story ends because it’s not my story. You are the only one who can end this story.
See you at my next posting. Feel free to give me a shout out. In the mean time, have a great day!