Does It Hurt Enough Yet?

I hate to say it, but change is not in our nature. We make proclamations, but we don’t follow them up with action. We say we want to write, but we don’t. We say we want to read more, but we don’t. Why is this? What keeps us from making a change?

This Zen proverb comes to mind:

A farmer is sitting on his porch in a chair, hanging out. A friend walks up to the porch to say hello, and hears an awful yelping, squealing sound coming from inside the house.

“What’s that terrifyin’ sound?” asks the friend.

“It’s my dog,” said the farmer. “He’s sitting’ on a nail.”

“Why doesn’t’ he just sit up and get off it?” asks the friend.

The farmer deliberates on this and replies: “Doesn’t hurt enough yet.”


One response to “Does It Hurt Enough Yet?”

  1. Jim Traylor says:

    This is exactly how I approached knee surgery. When there was intolerable pain I invited the surgeon’s services.

    This doesn’t apply to my writing because my brain is stuck in writing mode… which is relief within itself.

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