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Peter Rabbit Syndrome


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Humor me while I excerpt Beatrix Potter:

"Now my dears," said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, "you may go into
the fields or down the lane,
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but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden:
your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs.
McGregor."
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Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor's
garden, and squeezed under the gate!
Mr. MacGregor [the one who had eaten Peter's father] ran after Peter, waving a rake and calling out, "Stop thief!"
Peter might have got away altogether if he had not unfortunately run into a gooseberry net, and got caught by the large buttons on his jacket. [background music of doom and hopelessness heard here]



Okay, here's the part I have to make a poster to illustrate:
"...Peter gave himself up for lost, and shed big tears; but his sobs were overheard by some friendly sparrows, who flew to him in great excitement, and implored him to exert himself."

Too many times, how I identify with Peter! Caught in the net! Making poor choices, choosing behaviors that endanger my well being, paralyzed in self pity! Thanks be to God for the friendly sparrows!
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Sparkpeople provides multiple routes through which others "implore me to exert myself."
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Returning to the Tale of Me (and Peter Rabbit) ...
"Mr. McGregor came up with a sieve, which he intended to pop upon the top of Peter;
but Peter wriggled out just in time, leaving his jacket behind him
....[more escapades]...
Peter never stopped running or looked behind him till he got home to the big fir tree."

The past couple days I have felt myself floundering, my jacket button ensnared in the gooseberry net. Praying and brainstorming, I imagined sitting down with a friend...what would I tell a friend??? I knew I needed those friendly birds...to implore me to exert myself. The motivation is available, but only I can do what is necessary. I must exert myself.

So I have exerted myself; tuned up the strategies, turned off the big tears Peter and I have shed, wriggle HARD!
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I am planning my own festivities at the END of the month; instead of Cinco de Mayo on the 5th, I shall celebrate my own Efectivo de Mayo !

www.gutenberg.org/ebooks
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[read "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" book free]
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ID_VANDAL 5/6/2013 5:00PM

    What a great story!! and you make a great connection to all of us who get caught up in that gooseberry net.

I love Sparkpeople for the creative ways they (you in this case) find to keep us all moving forward.

Take care!

Vandal

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JOYFULMOMTO5 5/2/2013 11:34PM

    emoticon emoticon blog! I love Peter Rabbit & I love your heart! Keep wriggling & shake off any doubt, fear, & discouragement! May you be clothed in Power & Strength & Might through His Spirit! You are such a beautiful gift to us your SparkFriends.

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 5/2/2013 4:32PM

    I love your Peter Rabbit story. Sometimes we fight those tears but tears to serve a purpose. They release those feelings, wash us clean, help us take a deep breath and move forward again.

With your determination your story's ending will have be wonderful and serve as the beginning of your next chapter. emoticon

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NANCY- 5/1/2013 11:12AM

    Ah I so identify with Peter's headstrong, adventuresome spirit.
Directing that energy is a wise choice and much can and will be achieved.
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Thanks for the link to the book. :)

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-LINDA_S 5/1/2013 10:52AM

    emoticon Good luck in making May count!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 5/1/2013 7:35AM

    What a perfect analogy. I love it!!
I am off to exert myself!

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DEBRA0818 4/30/2013 9:11PM

    There is a lot of grace in the world which is a good thing since we're frequently running headlong into trouble.

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VISUALLYRICS 4/30/2013 4:19PM

    emoticon love your analogy about the friendly sparrows spurring you on too do your emoticon ..::which you will! SP is such a gift & FREE!

..:::grateful for my FL sparrow who spurs me on! emoticon Laura

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RUNNINGOMA 4/30/2013 3:43PM

    Boy isn't that a descriptive picture of where we often find ourselves! Loved this blog and the picture that it gives me in my mind - and the concentration of the birds that come by and the possibility of a mood change - or a change of attitude that can really benefit!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/30/2013 3:20PM

    Brilliant blog!! I read Peter Rabbit to my grandkids frequently, but had totally missed the message you pointed out so well. Thanks. -Marsha

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