I was having a moment the other day when a friend asked me if I had heard the crabs in a barrel story. I’m like no never heard it. She shared the story, which made me feel much better about situations.
Situations, you gotta love ‘em. We all get in the mix of them one time or another. I got home, looked the story up and was in awe of the many versions. I like the crabs in the bucket version best.
The story goes a man was walking the beach and saw another man fishing. As he neared the fisherman, he saw the bait bucket with no lid. A bit closer now he looked inside to find it filled with sea crabs crawling on top of one another. The man wondered again about the lid and asked the fisherman, ‘Why isn’t your bait bucket covered so the crabs won’t escape?’ The fisherman replied: ‘If there is a single crab in the bucket, yes, it could escape. However, since there are so many, if one tries to crawl out, the others grab onto it, making sure it can’t escape so it will meet the same fate as the rest of them.’
Is this true? Who knows? But the idea behind it sometimes rings true when dealing with other people. Do not let people pull you back into their chaos. Don’t buy into it. Do you regardless what others think. Keep crawling out!
Strive to improve yourself, raise your vibration. Be a dreamer, a go-getter. Don’t stop until you reach your goals. When we make efforts to improve ourselves and situations, others who do not may try to drag us down to share their fate, just like the sea crabs.
Instead of getting pulled back down, rise anyway. Rise above it. Keep going. Set goals and continue to grow regardless of those around you. It can be difficult at times, but you can do it, and so can I. Do you! Don’t buy into other people’s reality.
And finally, ‘It’s none of my business what others think of me.’ That goes for you too!
Blessings of Peace and Love!
Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.