Back to the lizard from last month’s newsletter, the most disconcerting thing about the whole experience was the tail left to its own devices with no lizard attached. It flailed and flopped around my driveway while I screamed for my husband who handles all things animal and insect (except for snakes, he hates snakes). Why wouldn’t it just die?
Maybe this has happened to you. You’ve had all kinds of amazing insights about the things that are holding you back from being the best you can be. You made phone calls. You cleaned out the fridge. You began the career search, and then everything exploded in your face. The friend whose idea of a fun night out is complaining and eating junk food won’t stop calling. You’re dreaming about hot fudge brownie sundaes. You sprained your ankle, so the 10K race is out, and the news has focused on nothing but the declining job market all week. You’re tempted to give up. Forget tempted, you’re sneaking back to the driveway and trying to reattach your tail.
Hang in there. Whenever you try to do the right thing; break an addiction, ditch the ratty boyfriend, start your own business, whatever it is there is a period of time when everything in life seems to come against you. I have good news. After I took a shower and got dressed I went back out to my car. The lizard’s tail was dead. It had stopped moving. Once the head was gone it was only a matter of time, just like the poor proverbial chicken that we run around like.
There are certain laws of life. If you cut off something’s head it will die, but it hardly ever looks dead immediately. Sometimes you have to live by faith, not by appearances. Don’t crawl back to that toxic habit that has been slowly killing you. Give yourself time to find new direction. I see that lizard occasionally around my property. It’s new tail is getting longer every day.