Love doesn’t do the lemming thing

by Craig on August 25, 2011

See this thing…


It’s a lemming…

If you’re into adorable little furry rodents you think it’s cute. If you’re not one of those people just go along with me – it’s cute. Look – here’s a cute close-up.


Adorable. No?


There’s one big problem with lemmings.

It’s this…


The thing is that when the leader of the herd decides it’s time to migrate from point A to point B – and if a cliff and a watery grave separates the heard from point B – well – it’s probably a good thing that they have back up leaders. Lemmings, basic little creatures that they are, follow instinctually. Horses are like big lemmings in this way.

And people are a little like horses and lemmings – we find safety in numbers. Except we don’t have to follow our instincts – for instance sometimes we might choose to love (to be patient, to be kind etc.) when it’s clearly not in our best interests to do so. A lemming, for instance would never hold the door open for other lemmings.

The negative voices that hold us back are like horses – and lemmings.
They’re persistent – and clever in their own right – but they follow the herd.

And this brings me to my Love War wall.

If the Love War Wall is new to you, this explains it. It’s part of the Love War against the negative voices that hold us back. It all began here…and over to the right and down a bit on the sidebar, in the “Lots of Love” section is the whole history of the war.


This wall is proof I’m not married. There is absolutely no way that any bride would allow a husband to leave this monstrosity on the living room wall for as long as I have.

I barely notice it now, it’s been there so long, but it’s big and colorful and ugly.
It’s worse than caveman art – at least that blended in with the decor.

But it’s just me and Laska the love Kitty here – so it stays.

Please feel free to either confirm or correct my guess – I’m all about learning.


The Love War Wall…

and a corral holding a gazillion voices. It took me a couple of weeks to gather them all. Long enough that my beloved sister said, “It’s not healthy to have them all up there like that – you should be focusing on the positive.” But it wasn’t negative at all. I needed to take the time to listen to the negative voices first, so I could capture them all.

And I see how long it’s taken me to just get through my top three negative voices, and the prospect of having to work through all 49 of them is a little daunting. It’s like following the trail up to the top of the hill – and working really hard to do it…


and looking up to see that the goal is another 45 foothills…

and then whole mountain away.

But guess what?

I’ve found a short cut…

the lemmings are a hint…

but I’ve kept you long enough today…

you have things to do…

I’ll let you know the shortcut tomorrow…

as the Love War on the negative voices nears the finish line…

please come back.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Cora August 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

I never heard of lemmings!!!!! Squirrelly looking little faces. I went through the phase of raising sugar gliders. NO MORE RODENTS!!!!

And the wall thing???? You are right. Maybe I’d let you do it in a basement or garage, but not on the living room wall. I was more crafty and artistic and did it on an old, covered game board.

A short cut?????? You let me climb Mt Everest to the top and NOW you tell me there is a short cut????????


Craig August 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

first, Cora! You’ve never heard of lemmings?! You need to watch the discovery channel more! ツ second thank you for consigning me to the basement or garage ツ third I knew you were climbing Mount Everest – and I didn’t want to stop the cavalcade of joy that I was hearing – and nobody told you you had to be an overachiever and go faster than I was – just sayin ツ and sorry. I really didn’t know about the shortcut until just now. God bless you Cora.


Andrea Dawn August 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

Ok Craig, I have to confess I would not have your “post-it pony” art on my living room wall . . . but if my grandchildren did it . . . oh yeah! At least for a little while.

I so love that God knows us so intimately and fashioned us so individually that there are only a few processes/practices that work the same for everybody (forgiveness and gratitude spring to mind). You have obviously found the way that works for you and that is so good.


Craig August 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

thank you Andrea Dawn for giving my love war wall a much better name – I heart “post-it pony” – 4168 shades of awesome! So much awesome that I forgive you for not allowing me to put it on your living room wall ツ I have a feeling my guess is going to prove to be correct. And one thing I’m finding out the more I blog, the more people I meet, the more I “connect” ( you weren’t around when I named the year – but I named this year “connect”), and the more blogs I read – we are all so much the same – and we are all so much different. Thank you Andrea Dawn, and God bless you as always.


Martha Orlando August 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

So, so important to tackle and get rid of those negative voices! Also, it’s never a good idea to follow blindly with a crowd, but to always be thinking for yourself; otherwise, that cliff might catch you by surprise! :)
Loved this!


Craig August 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Martha, my mom always told me, “if everybody else jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge – would you?” When I was young I agreed with her – as I got into my teen years and was a little bit too snippy for my own good I’d say something like “it depends on if it was the popular kids – or maybe Olivia Newton John”. Fortunately now I’m somewhere between the naïve child and the snippy little teenager – I seem to be finding balance ツGod bless you Martha – and thank you.


A. August 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Lemmings are almost kind of cute, but your comment section here is especially a smile-maker! I always enjoy part one and part two of each day’s post. The ‘preaching’ and the Q and A and C (comments). The cartoon of the lemmings was a great laugh! :) You find great cartoons. Still smiling at the wilderness map for the lost Israelites….


Craig August 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

A. My posts really do seem to have two parts – don’t they – they are never done until all the comments are in – and all the responses are made (ˆ◡ˆ). and that lemming cartoon – absolutely full of awesome! Sometimes I find the pictures quick – sometimes it actually takes more than an hour – per post – per blog – but it’s the easiest and most fun part. God bless you A. – And yes, lemmings are adorable – but not too bright (ˆ◡ˆ)


Michelle August 28, 2011 at 5:43 am

I tend to write on my mirrors with white-board markers, and have things stuck up on the wall and the fridge and the pantry door, so you could probably get away with it here. :)


Craig August 28, 2011 at 5:58 am

thank you Michelle, the next time I have a project like this will be on a Qantas flight down to Sydney, or Perth, or Adelaide, or Brisbane, or wherever you happen to be – now that I know how accommodating you are ツ God bless you Michelle!


Della September 4, 2011 at 7:22 am

And I was just wonedrnig about that too!


Craig September 4, 2011 at 11:00 am



Caddo Veil January 17, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I started laughing at the “lemmings wouldn’t hold the door for other lemmings”–and couldn’t go on! Promise to come back another day, really–hey, Craig? You might like my post with the koala bear…”Today’s Disciple: Be of Good Cheer!”


Craig January 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

Iz laska th luv kitee Caddo – u doent no me but i am heer to say Kreg NOT iz feeling wel. Is soree he kant reply. I am havingz reeply foor u tu hav helpingz foor him. Kreg wantz me to be havingz of telling to u that he red coment but iz feelingz of tu much bad to reeply. Not onlee am I havingz of reeply but I am havingz of writingz BOTH blogz tuday – come! REED! Kreg an laska wil reeply tu all comentz.

Luv laska


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