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,
but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden:
your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs.
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!
Sparkpeople provides multiple routes through which others "implore me to exert myself."
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
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!
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 !
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