I just walked into the living room to find a friend watching a programme called Lizard Lick Towing: “an American reality television series that is filmed in the style of cinema verité. The show is a spin-off of the truTV series All Worked Up, and follows Ron, Amy and their team of repossession agents as they recreate repossession situations in Lizard Lick, North Carolina.” (Source: Wikipedia)
The bit that I saw was where a group of men had taken possession of a trailer – only to find a full-grown bull sitting inside it! It turns out the company that had owned the trailer had been in the business of transporting bulls to rodeos, but failure to meet payments had led to the trailer being repossessed.
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There were shots of the staff team stood in the office discussing how to get the bull out of the trailer and arguing about what should be done with it. One of the men seemed a practical fellow, and pointed out that their main problem was that “Bobby” had become attached to the bull. Cut to shots of Bobby walking round the company yard gathering hay and water for the bull and talking to it lovingly and tenderly.
Once the decision had been agreed, the team all went out to tell Bobby what was going to happen. And then I had the pleasure of watching a woman actually turn to a full grown man and in a no-nonsense tone of voice, tell him:
“It’s not your bull, Bobby. Let it go!”
Now I’ll admit, this whole scene had me in stitches. It’s just one of those unexpectedly comedic moments in life: this brick shithouse of a man stood in the yard of his workplace blinking rapidly as he tries to accept that he is being separated from an animal that he has become attached to – which his colleagues only see as a nuisance.
But the more that I thought about what the woman had said; the more profound I found it.
There are times in life when we face having something we want taken away from us; and the wanting stops us realising that keeping it is not practical or realistic – or ultimately beneficial to us and our situation. Additionally, there are times that we hold onto things that are not good for us because it is easier to deal with the familiar rather than the unknown (or at least, that’s how it feels anyway).
But sometimes, letting go is just what we need to do. Because then, we can search for a better alternative: to improve our situation and to give us peace of mind.
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