Put a bunch of crabs in a barrel...
as one draws closer to the edge of the barrel,
nearing their escape...
all the other ones will drag him
back into the barrel.
Some people suffer from, the unfortunate,
They don't want to see others succeed.
When they see another ascending...
they try to hold them down.
All of the struggling crabs
could easily escape from the barrel,
but instead they grab at each other...
spending far too much time and energy
in a futile competition
which prevents any of them from escaping to freedom,
and in the process they are collectively
subjected to suffocation and death.
When people engage in this kind of behavior...
it can pretty much guarantee our communal demise.
People who have a crab mentality
are always trying to bring their opponent down.
If you go where live crabs are sold,
you will notice that they are sold out of an open barrel.
There is no need for a lid because
as a crab attempts to elevate itself...
the others will immediately grab him
and pull him back down into the barrel
to share the fate of the rest.
If you are trying to better yourself...
you may find yourself in a similar situation.
You desperately want to achieve a goal,
but every time you try to ascend...
there are a few who may disguise themselves
as your friends or loved ones
and they pull you back down...
and hold you down.
The closer you get to escaping...
the more your efforts are sabotaged.
Those who get most bent out of shape
about the success of others
typically struggle with inner questions
about their competence
and suffer feelings of inadequacy and low self-worth
when others press on to their higher calling.
They waste time holding another down...
not even realizing that we stay down?
oppress, and discourage others
are being derailed and/or sidetracked from achieving their true calling.
They are making, absolutely, no progress for themselves.
They exhaust themselves with the full-time duty
of holding others down.
They're obsessed with the idea
that someone else is going to steal their thunder...
about the success of others
Those closest to you may be crabs in disguise.
They may not be as happy with your progress
as you would like to think they are.
Sometimes even family members will become jealous
and try to derail or sidetrack our efforts
by attempting to destroy our spirit.
Regardless of the obstacles that come against us...
we can make it.
We must love our enemies,
and bless the ones who curse us,
and do what is beautiful to the ones who hate us,
and pray for those who speak evil about us,
and persecute us.
Let us stay focused on our goal,
and stay true to ourselves and our God.
Sharing our dreams with one who has another agenda
or may not have our best interest at heart
could be disastrous.
Too much information allows crabs
to sabotage our efforts.
You know that you don't belong in a barrel.
Keep climbing out of the barrel
regardless of all the crab claws
that may be snapping at you.
their are kindred souls outside of the bucket
who will take pleasure in pulling you up
and over to freedom.
When we allow or assist one to climb out of the barrel,
we can give them the ability to reach back in
and pull others out, too.