One of my daughter's favourite cartoon movies is Ice Age. She has watched it so many times she almost knows the dialogue by heart. I must admit, it is a funny movie. Like all good cartoons, the characters bear a striking resemblance to some people I know. People like you and me. My favourite part is the sequence where the three main characters, who are on a quest to deliver a baby back to his parents, come across a group of Dodo Birds. Because of the advent of the Ice Age, everyone is hungry. The Dodo Birds are hoarding a small pile of melons. Our heroes try to acquire one for themselves, with hilarious, but tragic results. The Dodo birds immediately go into panic mode, running in all directions trying desperately to hold onto the fruit. Their efforts result not only in the fruit being lost, but the birds themselves self-destruct in the process.
There's a lesson here for you and me. I know you won't like the analogy, but we are a lot like those Dodo birds. We run around, often in panic mode, trying desperately to hold onto things that can't help us. Our pile of melons takes the form of all kinds of things ? jobs, money, big houses and fast cars, perfect appearances, top . . .
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