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  • I believe that our human nature rebels against constraints. No one wants to be hemmed in, restricted, or saddled. Our basic nature is to be free of encumbrances.

    Babies resist wearing shoes, or even clothes. Toddlers resist sitting in a high chair.

    However, about the time we enter formal schooling (at least in the USA), the urge to bolt when we are forced to sit quietly and to sit still or to line up in an orderly manner starts to become the way we behave.

    I'm not suggesting we all go back to the pure id and ego living of our early years. Learning to control those parts of ourselves is what helps us develop into "civilized" adults who live responsibly. We use our turn signals, put the trash on the curb dutifully every trash day, pay our bills, feed our families, wash our clothes, bathe, and speak politely to others. It makes for a pleasant society, for the most part.

    But, do you ever have that fleeting feeling of wanting to run away? Just to leave all the civilized society norms and mores behind and be free of those things that, while they define us and are things we love, tie us to order, responsibility, and duty?
  • At an annual cookout today, Ladybug decided she was not going to be saddled. Despite two experienced horsemen working with her, she bolted. She ran towards a group of children playing, which scared us all momentarily. She skirted the kids with plenty of room to spare and the kids happened to freeze in place, so all was well.

    As Ladybug thundered by while we all shouted for everyone to beware, her dash for a short-lived freedom was potentially life-threatening to innocents who had no interest in her saddling. For less than probably 2 minutes the possibilities for something to happen that would forever change our lives was frighteningly real.

    One of the cowboys caught up to Ladybug, slipped his belt around her neck, and gently led her back to the saddling area. The horsemen gently soothed her and put the saddled back on her, the bit in her mouth. She was then as docile as usual. Her flight to freedom cut short by the fences and the expectations of the situation.

    Wanting to be free, wanting to flee, take flight is tempting but not without repercussions. Just as Ladybug's attempt to circumvent wearing a saddle could have been a disaster, we cannot just cut and run when things aren't going our way. Sometimes sticking it out is the better option, even if it is the more difficult one.
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