Growing up, we had a pet named Abby, an indoor-outdoor cat with gorgeous tortoiseshell coloring. She was a beautiful, sassy, vocal little thing who could get a bit demanding. If she wanted your attention, Abby would rub her body against your leg, arm, face - whatever she could get to - and meow as loudly as she could. And if you didn't pay attention quickly enough, she'd gently (or not-so-gently) bite you. She definitely had your attention then!
Abby would often leave us "surprises" by the front door: dead birds, dead mice, and even the occasional dead frog. I'll never forget the day my mom walked out the front door and almost stepped right onto one of Abby's "gifts!"
We were thankful she was ridding the area of mice. Still, if you didn't remove and properly dispose of the "present" right away, Abby would start playing with it! She'd bat that dead mouse around as if she were playing tennis, and then she would hide it from us and save her toy for later. One of us (usually me) would have to go find wherever she hid it, so it didn't make her sick as it decayed.
In the 19th century, women were dying at alarming rates from something called "childbed fever," typically within three days after giving birth. A Hungarian doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis, studied the behavior of the deliveries performed by midwives and doctors and found out why women were five times more likely to die at the hand of a doctor than a midwife: The doctors were performing autopsies on cadavers and then delivering babies immediately afterward without washing their hands or changing their clothes.
The dead were killing the living!
Which things in your life are "dead" and draining you of life? Are you in a dead-end job you need to leave? Do you need to find a new church? Have you outgrown your circle of friends and now need to find people who inspire you and challenge you to grow? Do you need to relocate and start again in a new environment?