A neighbor saw an old dog lying on a front porch. Hearing the dog softly moaning, the neighbor approached the porch. He asked the owner why the dog was whimpering.

The owner said, “He’s lying on a nail.”

The neighbor asked, “Well, why doesn’t he move?”

To which the owner replied, “I guess it doesn’t hurt quite that much yet.”

A lot of people are like that old dog, if you ask me. They moan and groan about their situation but don’t do anything. How bad does the pain have to get before you get up and DO something else? If you are in a negative environment, take a fresh look at yourself, define where you want to be, and develop a clear plan of action for getting there.

Change, even if unwelcome, forces us to reevaluate what our best options are. Those times of transitions are great opportunities to look for recurring patterns in your life and make adjustments to build on the good and reduce the bad.

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