Two Rabbits


The saying is a Roman proverb, sometimes contributed to Confucious.

Recently, I felt like I was chasing more than two rabbits. The furry moppets refused to hang together and…well…I’m not as fast as I used to be. The constant changing of direction and gears seems to put a damper on my speed and hinder a razor-sharp focus.

So, sometimes it’s best to cut bait and walk away.

But, how do we make the decisions about which rabbits to chase and when to cut them loose? I guess it’s dependent upon our objectives and priorities. AND, do we even give consideration to such things? When it comes to priorities, do you spend time examining them, or just let the tail wag the rabbit-chasing dog? (click to Tweet)

When considering which rabbit to chase, I say if you’re supporting a family and need the income, that might be your first priority – the money – so you chase the biggest, fattest rabbit you can find.

However, if you have the luxury and a passion that burns so hot you might need penicillin, you may decide to chase that rabbit – the bone skinny one that’s faster than a fat kid chasing an ice cream truck. You’re pursuing your dreams, after all.

Or, you might be like me, somewhere in the middle. With a passion and a need and room for both – but not for 3 or 4 rabbits. My thundering herd of rodents had me feeling rather baffled and exhausted. Time for a nap under a shade tree to re-prioritize. Here’s a handy list:

1. What do I need?

2. What do I love the most?

3.What makes sense right now?

So, I’m thinning the herd. When chasing too many rabbits, I find they prioritieshave a tendency to multiply fast, and pull me down the rabbit holes. While I love coaching individual artists, I’ve decided, in the future, I’ll only work with groups and classes. I’ll be taking the energy I expended and focus more intently on my art – and of course, continue to write the blog.

And, who’s to say the rabbits we set free won’t be hiding in the bushes, waiting for us when we get our second wind? (click to Tweet). Let’s never say never, for now.

By the way, there’s an entirely different, but related, topic that keeps poking it’s head into my stream of consciousness here… how do we know when to cut bait all together? I once heard someone say, “If there’s still passion around what you’re doing, even if you’re not gaining ground, it’s not time to let go.” So, I guess that’s how we know when it’s DONE. We feel flat – finished. At least it works for me.

What are you chasing? Is it feeling impossible? Share it with us here.

Winded but Still Salivating,



Michelle Andres is a writer and artist. She writes Writer, Artist, Coachthis blog to share tips for a well-lived life and a finely run art business…just for you!
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29 Replies to “Two Rabbits”

  1. Getting well paid for my artistic abilities is a ‘rabbit’ I’ve been chasing for a looooong time! There are times when I have ‘walked away’. Once for a very long time, but my ‘passion’ was re-ignited and once more I’m back at my easel doing what I love.

    1. Debbie, it’s often unusual for artists to feel they deserve to be “paid well” – so good for you for busting the myth and realizing your worth. Keep chasing and much success to you!

  2. As a realist artist for a very long time, a life “crisis” had me exploring abstraction. It was what I needed at the time and I enjoyed it, but my passion and strength are still in realism. Now that life has settled, the abstract ‘rabbit’, may need to travel without me so I can build consistency in my portfolio. A timely post!

  3. Michelle, I am happily in the middle of rabbit heaven, attending a women’s art intensive. It’s requiring me to daily tune in & choose where to invest my energy. My intuition is my best friend in choosing priorities. My resistance to resting in the middle of things is sometimes a challenge. Thank you for your post.

    1. Janet, enjoy the art intensive! I recently returned from a life changing one in April. I’ve written about retreats and workshops in the past. You might enjoy some of those posts. Good for you being mindful with your energy! ~m

  4. Having spent a lot of time chasing a forestful of rabbits, I couldn’t agree more. I get bored having just one focus at a time, but I’ve found that the solution to that seems to be not to add more rabbits, but to simplify the one you’ve got. Whatever is not essential – let it go. Then you’ll catch it quicker 🙂

  5. I LOVE this analogy! What a wonderful explanation.

    Usually I use the one speaking of chasing a cat’s tail and how it always gets away from us if we try to ‘force’ something to happen.

    1. Thanks, Elda. It’s funny, when we try to focus on too many things we create a certain level of craziness in our lives. And, at least for me, if I try to force something to happen, I most often find myself frustrated and listening to crickets.

  6. Great post Michelle! I love the metaphor of the rabbits! The list will come in handy when I feel overwhelmed.I would also add listen to my intuition. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Such a good reminder for the importance of being focused. I always have so many projects going on…I guess I just need to focus at one or two at a time.

  8. Hmm. I’ve been thinking about this same idea, though the image of scattering rabbits is new to me (and I love it). I’ve been chasing one rabbit, but have been wanting to chase a second one simultaneously, and part of me is balking at it all. Thanks for these thoughts. I will definitely take this into consideration as I sit quietly with my rabbits (and see which one hops toward me).

    1. Hahaha – Harmony. I hope you don’t get stampeded! I seem to be able to manage two rabbits…or I have deluded myself into thinking I can. I love to write the blog…would be so hard to stop. Good luck with your bunnies. 🙂

  9. The imagery here is funny and true. I have been trying to simplify for awhile now, and am finally spending time on what I most love. It feels great to run in one direction!

  10. Well timed universe!! Thank you for the article. I find myself smack dab in the middle chasing rabbits all over the place. So instead of focus I’ve found myself wandering, questionsing, but not attempting anything at all. Thanks to your article I’m going to focus in on what my passion is these days and stop chasing things that don’t matter anymore.

  11. What an amusing, and clearly true, proverb. And a very apt posting for me to consider Michelle as I’m needing to do some focusing and releasing. My rabbit colony is populated to the max. It’s definitely time to, as Harmony stated so delightfully, sit quietly and see which one hops towards me.

  12. Oh how I enjoyed reading this post. It is soooo true. I’ve been down one or two rabbit holes chasing after them to no avail. Thank you for giving me permission to thin the herd!

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