Shimona Tzukernik, noted speaker, educator and The Kabbalah Coach, shared with me words of life wisdom that Rabbi Immanuel Schochet z”l imparted to her.
This is the mashal/analogy and lesson he gave her. (It is either from the Baal Shem Tov or the Maggid of Mezritch.)
A king invited all the members of his kingdom to a great party. Everyone eagerly awaited it months in advance. During that time, the king built a deep moat (a deep, wide ditch surrounding a castle, fort, or town, typically filled with water and intended as a defense against attack) around his palace and planted thorn bushes on the outskirts of the royal city. Closer to the date of the gathering, he had wild animals delivered to the forest that surrounded the palace.