“What in the world does a Boll Weevil have to do with me?” you might be asking yourself! The Boll Weevil represents several steps in changing our lives for the better. Perhaps we've been successfully living our lives, when something unexpected happens, the old methods don't work any longer, and we can't figure out why, continuing to try what worked before.
Let me share the story of the Boll Weevil. In 1900, cotton was the King of the South. Farmers made great profits from their cotton crops. But in 1902, the Boll Weevil entered the US through Texas and proceeded to move across the South, destroying nearly all the cotton crops on its way.
For several years, the farmers tried and failed to regrow their cotton crops, refusing to believe that what had worked in the past would not still work if they just tried harder. Some farmers went bankrupt for their refusal to consider anything else.
Then the brilliant Dr. George Washington Carver looked at the situation and encouraged the farmers to plant peanuts and sweet potatoes instead since Boll Weevils only ate cotton, not peanuts and sweet potatoes. He showed them how the new crops could enrich their soil and provide their nutrition as well as being a cash crop. Within a few years, the farmers were making five times what they had ever made with cotton!
Does this sound at all familiar to what happens in our lives? We go along through life, doing okay, when something unexpected appears, and we are suddenly on a downward spiral. No matter how hard we try the old coping strategies, nothing works until we are bankrupt either spiritually, emotionally or financially. By finding a teacher or mentor to teach new ways to enrich our lives, we can be better off than before.
What crop are you growing in your life? What is your Boll Weevil that has turned your world upside down? When did you hit rock bottom? Have you tried to find alternative ways to enrich the soil of your life, or are you continuing to try the same thing over and over expecting a different result?
When the Boll Weevil comes into your life, the first step is acknowledging that there is a problem, then being willing to change the status quo and not hang on to outdated beliefs and methods. Find a teacher, mentor or counselor to teach you different approaches to your problem. You absolutely can change your life for the better, just like those farmers in the South. Sometimes a Boll Weevil coming into your life is just the incentive needed to inspire you to change your life for the better!
NANCY A NEWMAN IS A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, SPEAKER, RADIO SHOW HOST FOR 12RADIO.COM AND AN ADVISOR FOR 12LISTEN.COM. SHE IS ALSO A REGISTERED MASTER TOE READER AND ON-LINE INSTRUCTOR FOR SOUTHWEST INSTITUTE OF HEALING ARTS. NANCY HAS TRAINING IN MANY MODALITIES INCLUDING BEING A LICENSED LOUISE HAY HEAL YOUR LIFE® COACH, TRAINER AND WORKSHOP FACILITATOR. SHE BRINGS HER MESSAGE OF EMPOWERMENT TO PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD BY TEACHING THE TOOLS FOR HEALING, LOVING YOURSELF AND DISCOVERING THE PEACE WITHIN.