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small things…BIG IRRITATION

I don’t know why the world works the way it does; I guess if I did I’d be a guru or a prophet, but I’m just me.  I wonder about important things, but I also wonder about silly things that don’t have any more of a solution than the big things.  So here’s today’s pondering, “Why do little things have the capacity to create so much irritation?”

I was leaving my apartment this morning and I felt like I had something in my eye.  Like everyone else in the world I began to rub it and then realized I just needed to keep my eye closed hoping it would wash itself out.  The moisture certainly helped, but I feel like I still have something in there; it’s like an after effect. 

The same seems to be true about other things in life.  The only creature that seems to have found the solution to this problem is the oyster.  The oyster takes that grain of sand, an irritant, and makes it into a beautiful pearl.  If we’ve evolved so far, how come we can seem to do that?

Ever walk around with a pebble in your shoe?  Did you create a pearl?  I’m guessing the answer to that is a big fat NO!  So what are the small things that get your goat since you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness?

For many the small things may be the doctor running behind on appointments or a long line at the pharmacy.  I’ve had instances where the doctor asked me to go for a blood test but there was no order for the test at the lab (thankfully the tech was great and she expedited the request). 

Let’s face it, if we let the small things that cause BIG IRRITATION fly past us, we’ll have more energy and focus to take care of the bigger issues.  Any time you can make the choice to let “tolerations” slip away you’re doing your physical, mental, and spiritual beings a big favor.  Don’t get caught in the quick sand over something small.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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