Broken Snakes and Broken Dreams – 4 Ways to Die

Today I was driving out into the country. There is road construction going on and a long line of vehicles was barreling into town, trying to make up lost time.

I saw a flash of movement on the road ahead. There was a snake, maybe three feet long or so, crossing the highway. He seemed to suddenly realize his predicament and his movements immediately grew frantic as he tried to get out of the way of the oncoming rush of traffic. If snakes have a panic button, his had definitely been pushed. There was desperation in every rapid twist of his body.

By now I was nearly up to him, on the other side of the road. I looked at the lead vehicle coming toward me. A woman was driving a pickup, looking straight at that poor snake. He was nearly off the road, only a foot to go, when she swerved out of her way and ran over him.

I was furious. What a senseless act of cruelty! When I came back into town, I looked carefully for the snake. It had managed to pull its broken body into the grass before it died. A wanton act of destruction. An ugly, needless death.

Other times it’s carelessness, not cruelty, that kills the snakes as they cross the road. One day I was riding with my mother when she ran over a snake and killed it. I scolded her and she said, “But I didn’t see it.”

I liken this snake-killing to our dreams. Our hopes and yearnings. How many times does this happen to us?

For instance, I used to have a friend who seemed to delight in destroying the starry-eyed hopes and dreams of all her nieces and nephews. Her excuse? “The world is a tough place and it’s better they learn that now than have to face it out there.”

So how do our dreams get run over? Here are four ways dreams become innocent victims:

1.) Someone swerves out of their way to crush your dreams, like my former friend did. Solution: Keep your dreams carefully hidden from those people until it’s safe to “cross the road.”

2.) Someone accidentally crushes your dreams because they weren’t paying attention. Solution: Realize that most people are in a rush to live their own lives. Watch out for speeders, texters, or drunk drivers, and bring your dreams out cautiously in their presence.

3.) You swerve out of your way to run over your own dreams. Solution: Figure out why you’re indulging in self-sabotage and stop it.

4.) You carelessly run over your own dreams because you just aren’t paying attention. Solution: Ask yourself why your errands are more important than your dreams and create a paradigm shift for yourself.

What dreams of yours have been run over by others? By yourself? What do you intend to do about it now? Dreams need fed and cared for. What exactly do yours need, and who can assist you in realizing them?

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