John Henry Fabre, a 19th century French biologist known for his books on the lives of insects, conducted an experiment with processionary caterpillars. Processionary caterpillars have a habit of following each other in a line no matter where that line leads them to.
He took a flower pot and placed pine needles in the center of it. Pine needles are the caterpillars favorite food. Around the rim of the pot he placed the caterpillars, one behind the other, until they formed a complete circle. The caterpillars began circling around the pot’s rim, blindly following each other but going nowhere. They did this for an entire week. Then, one-by-one, they dropped off the pot, hopelessly exhausted. So narrow was their vision that not one of them had broken the circle to go to the pine needles for nourishment.
There are 34 weeks in Ordinary Time, which, by the way, resumes today. That’s plenty of time to take a look at how things are going. Are there any circles in your life that you need to break? Bad habits? Bad decisions? Bad attitudes?
Take a look around; you may need to step off the path you’re on if it’s leading you nowhere.
This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to My Story by Bog Daddy Weave. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TKAN-nAsu8