Don’t Force It

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My cousin Roy came knocking on my door late one afternoon last spring. I knew it was him because he has a distinct knock that no one else uses.

He asked me for three things. A box, a piece of string and some bird seed. Not one to be nosy I didn’t want to ask what he was up to, but I couldn’t resist. He was trying to catch a rabbit.

I gathered up the requested supplies and sent him on his way.

A few minutes later I could see him perched on his front lawn so I went to see how he was making out. He had the bird seed in a small pile, the box was propped up over the bird seed with a ruler (which he supplied himself) and the string was tied to the ruler so that he could pull it and the box would fall on the rabbit. Pretty clever.

He crouched behind a sapling to stay out of sight and to avoid scaring off any potential rabbits. As I admired his work he explained to me all of the reasons why his plan was going to work. Once he was finished he told me to leave because I was scaring away all the rabbits.

The next day I asked him how long he stayed out there. About ten minutes after he told me to leave he gave up and went inside empty handed.

I think he would have forced a rabbit under the box if there was one even close to being in the vicinity.

The old adage that you can’t put a square peg through a round hole certainly rings true.

Something that I have never had much success at is forcing something to happen the way that I want it to. I’ve learned to understand that there is a time to be aggressive and a time to be passive.

Some people are naturally more aggressive and some are naturally more passive. My personality generally takes me more to the passive side. Each trait has it’s pros and cons, but I would venture a guess that most of us need to be a little more of the opposite that we are naturally.

We all have times that we try to force square pegs into round holes. The way I see it we have two options. Either we find the appropriate opening for the square peg or we chisel off the corners of the peg until it fits.

What are you trying to force?

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