Camp Fire

Change the World, Don’t Let It Change You!

A man saw a snake being burned to death and decided to take it out of the fire. When he did, the snake bit him, causing excruciating pain. The man dropped the snake, and the reptile fell right back into the fire. So, the man grabbed a metal pole, took the snake out of the fire and saved its life.

Someone who was watching approached the man and said, “That snake bit you. Why are you still trying to save it?” The man replied, “The nature of the snake is to bite, but that’s not gonna change my nature, which is to help.”

Do not change your nature simply because someone hurts you, or you perceive that they hurt you. Do not lose your good heart!

Often in our lives we make a quick decision about how something made us feel and respond in kind. Often this response is not the same response we would have had if we didn’t let our emotions get the best of us. In the heat of the moment, it is easy to let the situation briefly change your usual nature because you are upset. It is also easy to, over time, let situations wear you down. The truth is you do that, not the situation. You have a choice, especially when you are faced with a situation over and over again that upsets you where that situation is outside your control. You are the person in control, you are the one who needs the deep breath, the quiet moment, the fresh air… you are the one who knows what calms you and will help you to make a rational thought. Try not to speak in haste and you will find that you are better equipped to deal with stressful situations.