Are You In A Rut???

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-01-11 12:03:32 -0600
Started 2009-01-11 10:35:49 -0600

A scientist once ran an experiment which he called "processional caterpillars". He lined up caterpillars on the rim of a pot that held a plant so that the lead caterpillar was head to tail with the last caterpillar, with no break with the parade. The tiny creatures walked around the rim of the pot for a full week before they died of exhaustion and starvation. Not once did any of the caterpillars break out of the line and venture over into the plant to eat. Food was only inches away, but the follow the leader instinct was even stronger than the drive to eat and survive!
When we find ourselves in the rut, we do well to ask ourselves these three questions:
1. Is this rut is my own making? We tend to choose a rut because it’s comfortable and requires no risk. To get out of a rut, make new choices.
2. Who am I following? We adopt certain patterns in our lives because someone has taught them to us directly or by example. Make sure you are following good leaders; don't simply follow the crowd.
3. Where am I going ? Ruts develop when we lose a sense of vision of our lives… When we are "just traveling" through life and not attempting to arrive at a destination. Goals take you somewhere!
"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd"

4 replies

2009-01-11 11:36:01 -0600 Report

Seems obvious, alot of us are in ruts, or we would hve better control of our illnease, and I think the rut begins with denial, and that alone is hard to get out of, but we have to in order to continue to help our health issues and then slowly climb out of the rut, into the light, ""hard work is a b——,but the rewards are many. I actually remembered a quote, lol Claudia

Anonymous 2009-01-11 10:55:20 -0600 Report

I sort of disagree with this. As a diabetic you are in a rut with what you can eat and how much you can eat. I eat alot of different foods but I cannot go off a certain pattern because my sugar will get high. I am disabled so I cannot go run a marathon so I tend to stay close to the house and not venture of that path. So I quess if you were to live my life you would say I am in a rut but I do not feel that way. I do what I can do to keep my blood sugars at there very best and I am mobile to the best of my abilities.

Richard157 2009-01-11 12:03:32 -0600 Report

There are good ruts we need to stay in and there are bad ones we need to leave and change for health reasons.