All It Has To Do Is Let Go

Posted: December 12, 2013 in Articles
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I am currently reading the book Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. This is a very good book, and I read something very interesting in it. I read about an easy raccoon trap that I think people could learn a lot from.

To make the trap, you drill a hole in a log big enough for a raccoon to fit his paw through. Then you drill two nails diagonally into the hole, so that the raccoon can still put his paw through, but barely. Next you drop something shiny, like a piece of foil or a dime, into the hole.  Then you wait.

When a raccoon draws near, he’ll see the shiny object and since raccoons like shiny things, it’ll put its paw through the hole and grab the shiny object. When its paw clenches the object, its paw will be slightly bigger so that when the raccoon tries to pull its fist out, the nails will trap it. You might be thinking, “He could just let go of the foil and it could pull its paw through,” but this is where the interesting part comes in. If a raccoon has a hold of something, it won’t let go. Even though it could get out by dropping the foil, it won’t let go.

And this reminds us of a certain kind of people. People who have their hearts set on something and don’t want to stop fighting for it until they have it. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes that’s bad and that’s where you need some discretion. There are those who will let their families fall apart, their country fall apart, the whole world fall apart, but they won’t let go of that shiny piece of foil.

by John

  1. Andy Oldham says:

    Wow! This is great! 🙂

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