I shared this late last year on social media (December 15, 2017). I think it is always relevant.
RECOGNIZE THE DANGLING CARROTS IN OUR LIVES AND THE PERSON HOLDING THE OTHER END OF THE STICK.
The devastating yet defining moment of clarity when the rabbit realizes that the dangling carrot was never meant to be grasped. ..
The rabbit would never grasp the dangling carrot, yet alone ever enjoy the benefits that grasping it would bring; how it felt, the ability of it being eaten to fulfill hunger, to bring sustenance. … Therefore, no strength nor nourishment would ever come from this dangling carrot for the rabbit. Its sole purpose was to entice the rabbit and to further keep it in line, in a cage, a prison of false hope. One which only brought assurances to the one holding on to the other end of the stick, that was attached to the string which enabled the dangling carrot to forever be at bay…
Don’t be fooled by those who make empty promises, those who tell you what you want and may need to hear. Those who present to you something you desire, in order for you to do what they desire and to be who they want you to be. To be at their disposal and to be ignored and discarded when you no longer serve their purpose. It is a hurtful and selfish game, that will leave you grasping for something they will never give you.
Be wise enough to see, strong enough to escape their prison and forgiving enough to forgive them and yourself. People who mean you well will never be in need of the betrayal of the dangling carrot. You can accomplish without their help and you will find love and acceptance from those who will not need to have a carrot on a string.
How will you allow this moment of clarity, though devastating to define you?