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I heard a story the other day about a man and a rattlesnake.

The man was bit by the rattlesnake.

He had two choices after being bit.

The first was to chase after the rattlesnake, find it, and kill it.

But how long would the chase take? Rattlesnakes are fast, and good at disguising themselves. It could take a long time. What happens when a snake bite goes untreated for too long?

The second choice would be to get away from the snake, treat the venom, and live.

A lesson learned, and a life left to live.

How often to we chase rattlesnakes in our health and wellness? It may be a new diet, or an ideal body type. Sometimes it’s pushing so hard in workouts, or losing sleep to get things done for our job. All may seem like they will be the better option (like the first option above) but how long are we going to chase after them before the venom catches up to us?

When we choose to slow down, listen to our body, and understand what actually needs to be treated, then we have the opportunity to continue to live a life full of happiness and fulfillment. The rattlesnakes don’t need to go away, but we have to recognize when it’s more dangerous to chase after them.

In the scriptures we learn that the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field the Lord God, had made (Moses 4:5). We know that the things of the world that make us question our divine nature and individual worth are also very subtle. They creep up and when they finally bite, it can be too late.

I want you to know that it’s not too late. It’s never too late. You can always help yourself, and find your purpose again. There are too many people cheering you on.

It’s easy to enter into a world full of snakes.

As for me, I’m choosing to steer clear.

What about you?