What Can We Learn From Bugs Bunny? 12/29/2020

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by Suzanne D. Williams

I woke up one morning with a scene from a classic Bugs Bunny cartoon replaying in my head (again)This happened to me several months ago and what a profound lesson I learned! This time, Bugs had taken the fated “left turn at Albuquerque,” and read that with your best New York accent, and popped up in the middle of a bull fighting arena.

The bull, a town celebrity named Ferdinand, is chasing the frightened matador out of the arena when he spots Bugs and skids up behind him. Feeling the heat on his tail, Bugs gets annoyed rather than frightened and turns and says, “Stop steaming up my tail! What are you tryin’ to do? Wrinkle it?”

Insert me laughing hysterically because only Bugs Bunny would handle conflict quite like that. Or is it possible we could learn something important from it and from Bugs’ tactics, in general?

You can handle the situation. Bugs is never phased by where that left turn takes him. Instead, he adapts to it. He becomes the matador or an astronaut or a cowboy in the Wild West. Rather than fall apart at being somewhere he hadn’t planned, facing opposition he didn’t think he’d ever go up against, he sets about to free himself and have a little fun in the process.

The enemy can always be defeated. This is key thinking. Whether the opposition is from Mars and sporting a green helmet or the most “rootin’ tootin’” lawman in the West, Bugs knows somewhere there’s little stragedy,” in Bugs talk, that will give him the victory. He only has to find it. He is sometimes taken by surprise at the outset that he must fight at all, but he never goes forward with the intention to lose. He knows he’s smart enough to win.

He uses their own tactics on themOften, the winning solution is what the enemy considers his own strength. Ferdinand the Bull is proud of his record of wins and perhaps a little too arrogant. Bugs feeds into that and soon has the bull dancing around the ring, his eyes glazed over.

Then there’s the surprise. Bugs always has something up his sleeve. What looks like a red matador’s cape hides an anvil which knocks the bull out cold. Or later, an easy footrace ends with the classic, last-minute dodge. Just before impact, Bugs climbs on top of the wall, and the bull takes the brunt of the crash. Stars fly everywhere.

Consider alsothe outcome Bugs wanted to achieve required making the effort to achieve it and exercising a little patience along the way. He planned for the bull to gore his horns through the wooden planks, but for that to happen, he had to become the bait which led him there.

Be persistent. One thing Bugs never does is give up. He is determined to win and won’t settle for any other ending. Yeah, sometimes, he has small defeats along the way, but he always gets back up again. There’s no giving up. He will be the ultimate winner.

He celebrates his small victories. Arms raised, muscles flexed (or not really), he prances forward, showing off for the admiring crowd. Meanwhile, the bull or whomever he’s fighting is refocusing for their final, biggest effort. It’s as if he knows that, though, and has already planned out his move because, roll credits, Bugs Bunny has come out on top at the end, and he did it through determination, a lot of sarcasm, and a great deal of humor.

Which brings me to my final point. It’s good to laugh. At yourself, at your enemy, at your situation, or just laugh to be laughing. Rejoice! Because bringing this all back into reality, we know, for sure, 100% that God’s got things well in hand for you and meIf we dedicate ourselves to prayer and become humble, knowing it is not our glory that we seek, then God will show up and show up strong. He will tell us what direction to turn next and how to adapt and overcome to the situation with a smile on our face and victory in our heart.

Isn’t that how the Good Book ends? We win! Why not act like it? 

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About the Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit www.feelgoodromance.com or www.suzannedwilliams.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at @SDWAuthor.

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