Stories have a way of sticking in the mind if not the heart. That way, lessons learnt are carried with us. So I’ll tell you a story and hope you grasp one or two things and seal them in your heart.
Dawn is a definition of beauty, natural beauty. That’s when day and night meet and their merging emits a priceless splendor. Kai found this refreshing every morning. It settled his mind, calmed his soul and energized his body. He would lie on a rock behind his humble home, his skin downing the fresh vitamin D.
One morning was different, though. He almost crushed a tiny snake (the size of his palm) as he rolled over to his tummy on that rock. The snake must have been in its own world downing the vitamins as well. The two had that in common. Being led by the adrenaline, he jumped, picked up a stone and aimed it at the snake, which just basked…almost smiling. He stared at it waiting for a move but none came. Ten seconds later, he threw the stone aside and grabbed the poor snake. It looked striking, and almost innocent since it didn’t attack. So he kept it as his own pet. Fed it, tamed and nurtured it into a huge snake.
Kai decided to make some money with his pet which had become his best friend. He took it to the circus once in a while, played with it and of course this attracted multitudes of people. It’s not every day you see someone play with a snake, a gigantic one for that matter. One time, during his sessions, he placed the snake around his neck as usual and he was about to get started.
The snake had other things in mind…if it has one! It wound itself around Kai’s body as usual but this time, it didn’t stop. Kai felt the snake’s muscles become tighter and tighter against his body and fear crept in, but there was absolutely nothing he could do. Seconds later, his bones were cracking up like raw spaghetti. All this happened while the crowd watched, hoping that that was part of the show but alas! Kai’s lifeless body lay limp after the snake unwound itself and lay unapologetically watching the crowd.
Kai had two choices during his first interaction with the snake. Kill it or keep it. If he had killed the snake while it was still ‘harmless’ he would have probably stayed alive. The snake is a symbol of the little unhealthy character, habits, and sins we tolerate in our lives. Those that seem harmless at the moment and are regarded lightly without looking at the bigger picture. We let the little snakes grow obliviously, then get shocked when they turn against us.
Those that seem harmless at the moment and are regarded lightly without looking at the bigger picture. We let the little snakes grow obliviously, then get shocked when they turn against us.
It is a matter of self-awareness and character whereby, one has to know themselves, know their belief system and understand it, then stand up for it. After all, we become devoted to things we comprehend.
What are you nurturing? What is that harmful thing that seems harmless now? What are you doing about it?
Peninah Loves stories, Good food, and Dancing. Art moves her!