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When you feel trapped by life do you act like a skunk or a squirrel?

Recently I read a story about someone who set a catch and release trap at their farm because they were having a squirrel problem. One day they heard the trap door close. The trap caught a squirrel. It forgot about the food that lured it there and was running around in a panic. “He scurried around the cage looking for an escape. He chattered and ran back and forth, leaped from wall to wall, hung from the top… He was literally going nuts.”

Another day they heard the trap door close again. This time the trap captured a skunk. But the skunk didn’t go out of control. “He slowly and methodically checked out every inch of the trap, then turned back to the bait and proceeded to eat it. He then groomed his paws and face. Then he… pulled in grass and roots. He meticulously piled and pushed and formed the grass and roots into a nest… After working for about half an hour, he curled up in a ball, and went to sleep.”

When you feel trapped by life do you act like a skunk or a squirrel? I suggest that we can all take a lesson from the skunk who, rather than go crazy, found a way to eat a good meal, build a bed and get some rest.

There’s no use running around in a panic. Take some time to assess your situation and make the most of it. I think you’d be amazed to find out that most of the time life is as stressful as you make it.

Reprinted with permission of The Forum, Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach,VA

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