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Frozen Snakes and Soaring Butterflies: Boundaries with Bullies

Unveiled & Untangled

There is an old American Indian Legend about a frozen snake. I have heard several variations, but the story goes something like this…

You find a frozen snake in the yard and take it in. You warm it, feed it, and love it and it bites you and crawls back into the cold snow. The snake freezes and you take it back in and warm it, feed it, love it and it bites you and crawls back into the cold snow. Once more you take the snake in…it bites you…at some point it is your own fault that you continue to be bitten. The snake has made it clear who he is and his actions are quite predictable.

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