Quit Chasing the Squirrel

Portrait Of Eurasian Red Squirrel.sciurus VulgarisWhen the weather is nice, I love to sit outside for my morning “routine” of reading inspiration, quiet meditation and prayer. But something kept interrupting my quiet time today. The neighbor dog and the squirrel.

As I sat quietly, I heard a big ruckus. The small dog next door was chasing the squirrel back up the fence and onto the telephone pole. The dog would growl and the squirrel was making a screeching noise back at the dog. This happened a half dozen times, the squirrel taunting the dog and the dog chasing the squirrel, until the neighbor finally let the dog back in the house. (A little game of cat and mouse for sure – every pun intended!)

Sound familiar? How many times have you continued to chase the same thing over and over and over again with no success. Whatever that thing is that is taunting you – a better job, a better relationship, a better idea, better health – yet, we keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

Or maybe we are minding our own business, literally and successfully – and that bright shiny SQUIRREL keeps distracting us? It taunts us – chase me, chase me…. yet it’s a total waste of our time and energy.

Here’s the thing… wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we need to focus. If you want a better business or relationship or health, go after it. Run right up that telephone pole til you catch it. But if you are merely distracted, let the squirrel go. Give it a “look” over your shoulder – and then turn your focus back on the present moment and task at hand.

A Yes I Can woman is a woman who looks the “squirrel” straight in the eyes and says “I’m sorry,  I’m busy focusing.  Find someone else to chase you.”


  1. Cathy, this is a great example of our busy lives and learning who to say “no.”

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