The Nail In Your Tail

A farmer is sitting on his porch.


One of his friends ambles up to chat with him and hears the farmer’s dog yelping with pain from inside the house.


The friend says “What’s the matter with your dog?” to which the farmer replies “Oh, he’s sitting on a nail.”


“Well, why doesn’t he get up off the nail?” asks the friend.


“It doesn’t hurt enough yet.”


 – From Debbie Millman’s conversation with Amanda Palmer on the Design Matters podcast.


What’s the nail you’ve chosen to stay seated on? What pain are you subjecting yourself to?


How might you act or experience the world differently if you showed yourself the grace of standing up and moving away from that self inflicted pain?


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