Breaking From The Circle

If you've ever felt like you're just running in circles, it may be because you are. An experiment was once carried out by the great French naturalist, John Henry Fabray.

He took a number of processionary caterpillars, so called because they always march in unison, and he lined them around the inner edge of a flowerpot, forming a complete circle. For three days he monitored them as they marched around the edge of the pot. At the end of the third day, he placed some pine needles in the center of the pot. Now, pine needles are what caterpillars eat, so for four more days they walked, never once breaking the circle to look for food. Finally, one at a time, they rolled over dead from starvation. Does that sound a little familiar to you? How many of us have found ourselves wandering aimlessly around the elusive circle of success, trudging day in and day out behind all the other career-oriented caterpillars, when all the while, what we truly need to sustain life sits just inches away. If you've found yourself breathlessly chasing the guy in front of you, let me suggest that you break free. Take time out to remove your blinders and look for the food your body and soul need. Spend some time with your family. Have some good friends over for dinner. Read a good book just for pleasure. Take a walk with the one you love. Hold a three-year-old on your lap and tell him or her a story. Life is simply too short to be spent plodding around in endless circles. With Focus on the Family, I'm Dr. James Dobson.

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