At my beloved coffee shop this morning, sharing a little banter with another caffeine and Italian – joy- addict, we got chatting about the end of the year creeping in and that with 2013 around the corner, there are many people already declaring what they ‘hope’ for in the New Year.
My café chat, reminded me of the old wife’s tale, about the frog. The story goes that if you throw a frog in boiling water it will quickly jump out. But if you place the frog in a pan of cold water and slowly raise the temperature, the gradual warming fools the frog into happily snoozing……unit in fact, the frog will cook to death.
It made me think of just how easy it is to let things in our lives, slowly build. Things that are detrimental, unhealthy, destructive and above all, place us in a holding pattern that stops us from really living!
There are many tales of incredible individuals who have just woken up one day, looked in the mirror at a reflection of someone that they no longer recognize and proceeded to shed multiple kilos of sadness and avoidance. Or those who have watched the dynamic between a happy couple in the park and finally owned the fact that their relationship has them in a strangle hold with no chance to breathe, move or grow into the person they had always imagined they could be.
It is important that as we end this year, that we take some time to check the temperature of the water. If in fact your have found yourself snoozing, while things are really hotting up around you, then it may be time to wake up and take a leap! BUT, be warned! As you leap, be sure not to hop ,‘out of the frying pan and into the fire.’ Take some important time to explore what has brought you to this place in your life so far. So then, as a matter of CHOICE, when you actually leap, you LEAP forward in your life and not in fact sideways, into more of the same boiling and bubbling, troubled waters.