It flew immediately to its perceived escape, the circle-topped window where it frantically tried to exit through the invisible wall of closed glass. I raised the third-car garage door in hopes of aiding its escape. That caused it to fly higher and higher and become entangled in a spider web. Fearful that it would remain entangled in the web, I selected a long-handled broom to assist him escaping the tangled threads.
At this, he returned to furiously pumping his wings and banging into the glass, which was, in his perspective, the pathway of escape, but remained his cage. By simply turning his focus to one side, he would have easily exited his prison. Rather, due to his intent on one direction, he remained confined, captive.
Can you relate? Have you ever stubbornly remained committed to a course of action that only served to delay or deny ultimate freedom? Sometimes we get more than one opportunity to learn this lesson. Sometimes not. That decision to turn from what we think is the only way is scary, but it can mean all the difference in the world.
Author: Joie Lake, Source Unknown. Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume II (2004).