A fox who lived in the deep forest long ago had lost its front legs. No one knew how; perhaps escaping from a trap.
A man who lived on the edge of the forest, seeing the fox from time to time, wondered how in the world it managed to get its food.
One day when the fox was not far from him he had to hide himself quickly because a tiger was approaching.
The tiger had fresh game in its claws. Lying down on the ground, it ate its fill, leaving the rest for the fox.
Again, the next day nature's order sent provisions to the fox by this same tiger.
The man began to think: "If this fox is taken care of in this mysterious way, its food sent by some unseen Higher Power, why don't I just rest in a corner and have my daily meal provided for me?"
Because he had a lot of faith, he let the days pass, waiting for food. Nothing happened. He just went on losing weight and strength until he was nearly a skeleton.
Close to losing consciousness, he heard a booming voice which said: "O you, who have mistaken the way, see now the Truth! You should have followed the example of that tiger instead of imitating the disabled fox." (And the famous poet Rumi said, "You have feet; why pretend that you are lame?")
In other words, If you can, Do!
I really love this cute story as in many ways it speaks to the message of the Fourth of July, we recently celebrated, in an interesting way.
Many think of the themes of freedom on that day and in some ways the story above is about the amazing freedom we have to determine our own destiny.
Surely there are obstacles, but as this story portrays, so many of our limitations and blockages are self-imposed.
May every road block be cleared for you this summer season and, most importantly, may you take one step after the other with grace and confidence.
• Dr. Jason Kolber is a licensed doctor of chiropractic and a certified life coach. He can be contacted at (480) 704-2787 or www.livinginline.com.