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Like A Moth To The Flame

Waiting for JoJo's final trek onto the grass, I sat in a chair on my back patio in the dark, except for the porch light, which was waiting to give us a pathway back into the house. A moth fluttered into the light, attracted and dazzled by the promise of something wonderful. But that light promises only one thing - light. Whatever that moth believes, the little guy is to be disappointed when it tries to land and ends up with a singed wing, or worse. The sad truth is that the moth still believes and will come back and try again and again until it perishes.

Insanity is doing the same thing

over and over

and expecting different results.”

-Albert Einstein

Are we all just a little like that moth at times? 

That chocolate cake is calling me at 10 PM. A nice slice, or two, and maybe, this time, I won't get heartburn or have weird dreams.

I go back to that toxic relationship for the third time because this time it will be different, and I can work things out.

I choose to go down a dark path that seems to promise a light at the end. Maybe I am trying to escape the pain physically, mentally, emotionally. Maybe I am trying to escape myself. In the end, the unspoken promise of the dark path is this:

"Wherever You Go,

There You Are"

-Jon Kabat-Zinn

In the end, I will have to turn back to reality and the pain I have caused myself, often glancing back to the darkness with its false promises. If you know your Old Testament, you know how looking back turned out for Lot's wife.

The light on my porch gave light. That moth just wanted the light to give what it could not offer. There is something built into the little guy's DNA that makes it choose unwisely every time (Phototaxis). But I am not a moth. It may seem like there are no other options, but there are many different paths to take: a little twist here and a giant turn there. Unlike that moth, I can choose.


By the way,

"But Lot’s wife looked back,

and she became a pillar of salt."

-Genesis 9:26


"That's a bummer."

-Robin

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