Lessons from a Turtle
Morning walk interrupted by a turtle. Her/his bold presence and beauty stopped me. I paid respect by taking the photo. She didn't retreat into her shell. Curious. So, I stood next to her to see what she was seeing and I saw a sidewalk and a wide road. Two obstacles to progress, fraught with dangers, but crossable. I almost picked it up and carried it across but maybe she wasn't committed to going that way.
1. Do not engage in 'dysfunctional rescuing.' Let others decide, act and learn unless there is a clear threat to life;
2. Commencement season is here...transitions, crossings are happening. Sidewalks followed by wide streets, dangers seen and unseen. And, opportunities to get out of places and situations that can kill us slowly.
Thank you, wise turtle. Bon voyage
Name of sender: Gwendolyn Ferrell Elmore - Dr. Franklin, I am a Spelman College graduate-1961-Gwendolyn F. Elmore (former Miss M & W- attended the breakfast at your home for the Queen's Reunion in 2011 where we spoke briefly about my Pastor, Dr. Michael Neely Harris), member of Wheat Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.- I am a mother and a grandmother! This lesson is profound for me at this period of my life! My daughter, who is a Spelman graduate in 1984 a mother and an entrepreneur who lives in New York, and has a business as a sommelier and event planner. I am a tee-totaller, and not too enthused about her chosen career! This blog gives me insight into the importance of "dysfunctional rescuing"! I often feel like you felt about that turtle, but I must remember to "Let others decide, act and learn unless there is a clear threat to life"- even our children! Thanks for the insight!
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