While on a walk the other night we pointed out a rabbit to Wyatt. This was the first time that Wyatt had seen a rabbit before and he was very interested. Ryan held him as we showed him. The moment the rabbit started to bound about Wyatt was intrigued. He began to squirm about and do whatever he could to get the rabbit. We let him down and he went to dart toward the rabbit, but his leash let him only go so far. He stood there with the leash out as far as it would go and waiting. Waiting for the leash to let him go, like a bull restrained in a pin and waiting to be freed.
We didn’t let Wyatt go, we simply let him wait until he realized the rabbit was no where in site. We knew that if we had let him off the leash he would have taken off like a bullet and tore through the neighborhood in search of this thing he wanted. It was enticing to him, it was something he had never seen before which made him want it even more!
Sometimes I think that’s exactly what humans so often do. They see something that they think that they want and they fight for it, and they fight for it until they have no more hope, or they are distracted by other things that are enticing to them! No matter the cost, no matter the price they have to pay. Maybe that is why Americans are in so much financial debt. Maybe some people just need some restriction like we did for Wyatt to get them to a different point. Find them a different want.
The question is, how?