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Get off that Nail!

Is there anything in your life that you want to change, improve or eliminate? Are you doing anything about it or are you stuck on a nail?

One day a man was lost in the woods. He followed a straight path.  As he walked, which seemed like hours, he hear a strange noise. Curiosity got the better of him so he followed the noise. He eventually came upon a shack and saw an old man sitting on the porch rocking, off to the side; he noticed a dog and discovered where the noise was coming from.  He asked the man, "What’s wrong with your dog?"  The man replied, "He is sitting on a nail."
Why doesn't he move ask the lost man?  To that the old man said something profound.  He is not hurting badly enough.

How badly do you want something?  Are you ready to move off your nail? We often feel a great deal of pain, but the fear of doing something different is so frightening, that we are willing to endure the pain of just staying put.

Over the next few days, pay attention to the areas in your life where you want to make a change. 

  • Select one change you would like to make.
  • Write it down.
  • Do one task that will bring you closer to getting off that nail!


10 Comments to Get off that Nail!:

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Cassandra on Thursday, June 02, 2011 11:09 AM
I love that...I have definitely been inspired today to move forward to complete some more goals. I'm getting off my nail right now!
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Ophelia on Saturday, June 04, 2011 1:02 AM
I understand that point & it is hard to do. Especially for minorities. Personally when I want something in life I simply work & go get it. I don't let anything stop me. I just come from a family that taught me that "a person can do ANYTHING in this life, it just depends on how much you want it"-grandmother. Okay so we recently moved from a neighborhood which was filled with people that were "on the nail". These pepople would literally sit home and do drugs all day & collect welfare. But is it their fault that they became sorry folks? Yes & No. Most of them, almost all, were just repeating behaviors they saw as children. If you were to talk to these folks most were depressed & unfortunately didn't begin to know how to do better. This is the problem! There has to be someone to tell these people that there is more to life than living on goverment assistance and doing drugs all day! Unfortunately welfare programs make it hard for people to become independent. Let's say a person finds a little job making 600 bucks a month. Congrats to them! What happens next in this person's life? Their medicaid, foodstamps get cut off & their bills go up. Now this person is broker than they were on AFDC or TANF. So most likely the person quits to find a better job that pays a lot more. In this economy its hard to find that job. I'm 28 & I've learned the American dream is possible but harder for some folks, especially urban, low-income mixed families. And it's funny because foreigners come over to the U.S & work together, in families, to get everyone stable. They ALWAYS do what they came here for. What does that say about us as natural citizens?! I always wanted to help my community by educating people in my community, give them a boost, let them know they can do anything they want in this life!
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Minerva D. Freeman on Monday, June 06, 2011 11:35 PM
Thank you for the comments. You show deep compassion for people. Sometimes it seems the harder people try, the deeper they are set back. I know you can not save the world. That was a lesson I had to learn as a social worker. What I discover was to take care of myself first. Then I would have the strength to extend a hand to others. Sometimes our biggest help to others is to set an example for them by accomplishing our goals. In doing so, we show others that they to can reach their goals. I think you did that with completing your education. Some people would have given up, but you were steadfast and you finished. There is someone out there that will use you as their example.


Minerva D. Freeman on Monday, June 06, 2011 11:42 PM
Thank you for viewing my post. I am happy you are motivated to get off your nail. It is amazing that we can be in a uncomfortable position, "sitting on a nail", however we perceive the unknown as more painful. There are times we must find courage to tackle the unknown in order to reach the goal. Sometimes our relief is just in our roll over, just changing position.


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