Are You In A Rut?

A scientist once ran an experiment which he called “processional caterpillars”. He lined up caterpillars on the rim of a pot that held a plant so that the lead caterpillar was head to tail with the last caterpillar, with no break with the parade. The tiny creatures walked around the rim of the pot for a full week before they died of exhaustion and starvation. Not once did any of the caterpillars break out of the line and venture over into the plant to eat. Food was only inches away, but the follow the leader instinct was even stronger than the drive to eat and survive!
When we find ourselves in the rut, we do well to ask ourselves these three questions:

  1. Is this rut is my own making? We tend to choose a rut because it’s comfortable and requires no risk. To get out of a rut, make new choices.
  2. Who am I following? We adopt certain patterns in our lives because someone has taught them to us directly or by example. Make sure you are following good leaders; don’t simply follow the crowd.
  3. Where am I going ? Ruts develop when we lose a sense of vision of our lives… When we are “just traveling” through life and not attempting to arrive at a destination. Goals take you somewhere!
    “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd”

Hi Richard,
It is wonderful to see you posting. And as always it is an excellent topic. My friend your mind is as absolutely sharp as I have found you to be all this time. Will you be my lead caterpillar?
Seriously, this is really excellent and I appreciate that you are making me take a look at my goals to see if I am focusing on what I really want to focus on. This is better than a New Years resolutin because I have to think more. And I truly appreciate something or someone who can make me take a stop to seriously reconsider what I am doing. I have been so busy trying to follow all the rules and get all the things done that i forgot to take a look at everything else.
I really admire you Richard. You have a great sense of humor. You have a great sense of wonder and joy for the simple and everyday And you have a deep intelligence that let’s you see up close and far away. I always enjoy seeing you post. And i am so happy to see you apparently doing okay
Peace, and loving hugs to you and your family. May your year be all you wish for.

Thanks Saundra, those are very kind words. There are just too many diabetes sites and too little time. I am busy reconstructing my story, hoping I can add enough material to make it long enough to be published and sold in bookstores. It is very time consuming work and I am doing less posting online. I wish you and yours a wonderful 2009!!