Here we must ask an important question: Who pulls your strings?
While most of us would like to think we have complete autonomy and control over our own lives, we don’t. You can pull your own strings to some degree, but someone else is also pulling your strings if you have ever held a job, stood in line, paid taxes, been in a relationship, taken public transportation, battled an addiction, followed a rule, played on a team, fell for a crazy trend, been hooked on a weekly television show, or been a student, and the list can go on forever.
Having others help you pull your strings can be a good thing as long as you have balance. Pay attention to who or what is pulling your strings more or harder than you are.
In my own personal life, God is my ultimate puppeteer, and I welcome His guiding movements in my life. But here on earth, I need to look around me to see if I can reclaim some of my strings.
I came across this puppet elephant at an assisted living facility. I went with a friend to visit her mother-in-law, and we saw this in the entry hallway. Many people in these facilities no longer have the power, the ability, or even the will to pull their own strings.
One final thought: Whose strings are you pulling?