Know what I found? Stuck in that somewhat soft skin between my heel and the arch of my foot was a hair! That’s right, a hair. Only about ¼ of an inch long (must’ve been from my head, of what little hair I’ve got), and it was stuck in my foot just like a splinter. After we marveled (well, I marveled, they just sort of humored me) at the oddity of the whole thing, I removed the intruder from my foot, put my sock and shoe back on, and we finished lunch.
Can’t quite get this out of my mind… How could a hair possibly become a splinter stuck in my foot? And mind you, it did hurt a little bit; I mean enough for me to take off my shoe to check it out. But it’s a piece of hair, not a splinter or sticker. How? I believe the answer is simply the right angle and the right pressure can transform even a hair into a piercing reason to take off my shoe. Crazy!
It’s also true of life isn’t it, that some minor thing gets us at just the right angle and pressure and brings about annoyance, discomfort, or even pain? It may be a careless word spoken, or it may be a thoughtless deed done. O it may be that the day is simply not going as planned. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but if we’re honest we’re bothered by it. What do we do?
Four things, I think.
- Address it. Don’t pretend it’s not an annoyance and just let it fester. Take a moment and give it due attention.
- Identify it. See what is really causing the problem. This takes some looking into, more than just a casual observation.
- Rid yourself of it. This might involve more than you think, but if you get to it early and honestly, it’s probably just a minor action needed, like removing a splinter (or hair).
- Be done with it. Move on. Don’t linger on the annoyance. Don’t give it more of a place in your heart and mind than it deserved.
There are bigger issues in this life that cause us great heartache and struggle. These bigger issues require more involved and deeper dealings in our hearts, to be sure. But for the minor stuff, for example hairs acting like splinters, just deal with it and move on. Blessings, guys!