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Do you push when you should pull?

on July 29, 2012

The Farside – Gary Larson

You walk up to a door, you push and push, the door will NOT open, no matter how hard you push. Frustration sets in as you push again, even harder. You sheepishly look around to see if anybody is looking when you notice the sign on the door says: PULL.

How many times have the events of a day delegated reactions of opposite direction? Did you turn left when you should have turned right? Did you put your left foot forward when it should have been your right? Did you say ‘yes’, when you should have said ‘no’? Did you think twice or just go?

Within these musings resides one essential question:

How many times do you find yourself pushing and pushing when in actuality, it’s time to pull – to pull away, to pause, to reflect, to let go and let God?

      “Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”
Dwight David Eisenhower (American 34th President (1953-61). 1890-1969)

34 responses to “Do you push when you should pull?

  1. stutleytales says:

    This is wonderful! Such a timely reminder. Thank you 🙂

  2. Drew me in, Sharla! Lovely share. 🙂

  3. lgyslaine says:

    this is so much true Sharla. When we want to push always, we finish to be tired and empty inside. Good article Sharla

    • catnip says:

      Thank you as always for visiting, Gys, and leaving comments. The tendency is to always push too much when we really don’t have to…

  4. Aditya says:

    Wow, that hit me on the head. I do these type of mistakes several times but I have been able to put my frustration under control, impatience and irritation too! So, I guess I’m learning new things everyday, thanks for this awesome post 🙂

  5. linneann says:

    This may be my very problem. 🙂

  6. Love it and I have a feeling I do this a lot! Great post!

  7. This always happens to me, however, I never looked at it that way. Very refreshing, thank you for that!

    I noticed your links for Guide to a Purposeful Life weren’t working for you, send me an email and I’ll point you in the right direction! Thanks!


  8. deirdret says:

    Thank you Sharla! I have pushed God away many a time when I should have pulled Him close. Hopefully those days are all gone. Lovely post, and I love the Larson cartoon! God bless you!

  9. Number one, literally speaking, I have direction disorder and am always pushing doors when I should pull them, turn left when I should go left, etc. It’s a problem. Number two, I do tend to push and when I don’t get results, I feel frustrated. Pulling back at that point, letting go and letting God is such a relief. I love the quote by Eisenhower.

    • catnipoflife says:

      Peggy, so good for you to stop by for a visit! Glad you enjoyed the post and yes, I, too, like Eisenhower’s quote! Wish we had another one of him around:>)

  10. Micki Peluso says:

    and here I thought it was just my dyslexia :). I ‘ve been going to the same doctor for 13 years and still every time turn the wrong direction to find the exit. Something to think about–that’s for sure on so many levels.

    Love, Micki

  11. Ron Lemco says:

    I find I have pushed so many times in life when a simple pull would have worked. Sometimes a person just needs to stop an examine a situation before they push a second time, Most times the answer is as a simple as a pull. Yet a baby is told 100 times “Don’t touch, Hot.” Until that baby touches hot it does not know the meaning. It is the smart baby that need not touch it twice.

  12. Great post, Sharla! I like your writing style, and love the way you present a wonderful message. I do believe I’ll hang around and see what else you got cookin!

  13. yes, i do push,, when it says to pull!!! 🙂

  14. catnipoflife says:

    A daily habit of human nature, my friend! Thank you for stopping by catnip and especially for taking time to leave a comment:>)

  15. […] You walk up to a door, you push and push, the door will NOT open, no matter how hard you push. Frustration sets in as you push again, even harder. You sheepishly look around to see if anybody is lo…  […]

  16. Boy do you know me-and most every other soul on earth! I am always pushing when in fact I should be pulling but I do not seem to be able to stop a bad habit. Hopefully with the patience of God, family and friends, I will get tired of banging my head and slow down!
    Thanks for this mind share.

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