This is one of my cats. She is the inspiration for my post tonight. While she is incredibly sweet, I must admit (sadly) that she is not the brightest crayon in the box. Kindness is her forte, intelligence… well…. not so much.
On our balcony we have quite a few plants, ranging from Geraniums to Pineapple Sage, to some rather poisonous plants. My cat only enjoys and wants to eat the poisonous plant. She eats it over and over and OVER again. About 20 minutes after she eats this plant (I have no idea what it is called) – she meows these guttural, miserable meows and then proceeds to violently vomit throughout the house. She has been doing this for three, yes THREE years.
I am a bit ashamed of my cat – again, she is NOT the sharpest tool in the shed, but I would expect her to be able to draw some sort of basic cause and effect correlation and stop eating the poison that clearly makes her miserable. Why doesn’t she change her behavior so that she will be happier and healthier? It is so easy to choose other plants, but she continually chooses the one that hurts her. She regularly eats the poison – in fact, she is drawn to eat the poison, even though it really makes her miserable.
Sound familiar? How many of us eat the poison in our lives, even when it is not in our best interest? We “eat the poison” both literally and metaphorically. From a literal standpoint, most individuals put unhealthy food choices in their bodies instead of healthy ones. As they do that they are, in essence, filling their bodies with poison. Fast foods, junk foods, processed foods, etc. are killing our bodies, yet we continue to consume in record quantities.
From a mental standpoint, how many individuals do you know who stay in unhealthy relationships? This is most definitely a poison in our lives. If our partner is abusive or controlling or manipulative (to name a few) it is not okay to force yourself to live in the abuse or poison of the relationship – you owe it to yourself to make changes in your life that will change your life…. do NOT drink the poison.
Do you have poison (literal or figurative) in your life that you need to throw away, instead of consume? If so, I hope and pray that you have the courage to make healthier choices.
Today, 240 days ’til 40, I remind myself that I can rid myself of poisonous influences in my life – as I do so I will experience a wave of relief and freedom.