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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,
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."
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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 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 !
[read "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" book free]
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    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!


    1871 days ago
    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.
    1875 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/2/2013 11:35:06 PM
    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
    1875 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Ah I so identify with Peter's headstrong, adventuresome spirit.
    Directing that energy is a wise choice and much can and will be achieved.

    Thanks for the link to the book. :)
    1876 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/1/2013 11:14:44 AM
  • -LINDA_S
    emoticon Good luck in making May count!
    1876 days ago
    What a perfect analogy. I love it!!
    I am off to exert myself!
    1876 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    There is a lot of grace in the world which is a good thing since we're frequently running headlong into trouble.

    1877 days ago
    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
    1877 days ago
    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!
    1877 days ago
    Brilliant blog!! I read Peter Rabbit to my grandkids frequently, but had totally missed the message you pointed out so well. Thanks. -Marsha
    1877 days ago
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