The Young Man and His Condition

A young man went to the doctor and said, “Doc, I get headaches. My eyes burn. I see spots before my eyes. And I can’t get my breath.” After an examination, the doctor said, “My diagnosis is that your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen. I expect you to eventually become completely unconscious and lapse into a coma. Sadly, there is no surgery or medication that can help your condition. I suggest that you quit your job and spend what few days you have left enjoying yourself.”

Well, the young man was devastated, but he decided to take the doctor’s advice and make the best of the days he had left. So he quit his job, withdrew all his savings from the bank, and booked himself for a flight around the world.

The day before he was to leave, he went into a men’s shop to buy a complete new wardrobe. As he was being fitted for his shirts, the salesman asked him, “What size do you wear?” “15 neck and 33 sleeves,” was the answer. Doubting that claim, the salesman slipped a tape measure around the fellow’s neck. “Looks to me like you wear a 15 and a half,” he said. “No,” said the young man, “I wear a 15, always have.” To that the salesman replied, “Okay, I’ll sell you 15’s, but they’ll be too tight, and that will cut off the circulation to your brain. You’ll get headaches; your eyes will burn; you will see spots before your eyes; and you won’t be able to catch your breath.”

The moral of the story is that sometimes our stubborn refusal to make an appropriate change creates unnecessary pain and difficulty for us. The old line has now been used so much that it has become a cliche’, but it still rings true: “It is a form of insanity to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.”

So, tell me, where does this post find you? Are you beating your head against the same wall day after day and expecting that wall to eventually fall? Are you plugging in 1 + 1 each week and anxiously awaiting the time the total comes back 3? Pardon me for saying it, but maybe it’s time you changed your shirt size. Life is hard enough without you making it harder than even God would have it to be for you.

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