"It's not the journey of a thousand miles; it's the grain of sand in your shoe!"
The quote made me spit out my water laughing! Isn't it just the truth? I wake up, full of vim and vigor for the day, and some little something will derail my plans, rock my boat, disturb the balance in the force and like the proverbial banana peel, I'm slip-sliding away on a wave of distraction or irritation.
Is it just me? I have these big ideas and big goals. Things I want to accomplish for my family, for myself. Ways I dream of to have lasting impact -- externally, internally, eternally! -- and I allow something to push me off track.
Like, yesterday. I had plans to create. To write, to prepare a marketing plan, to be ready for the rest of the week. A google meme mentioned "National Oreo Cookie Day" and off into the interverse I went to see what other days the month will bring! (International Day of Awesomeness is later this week!)
I mean, if you're going to be distracted, Oreos are a good way to go! But Oreos do not the needle move.
Or that negative comment from a relative (who don't know what they don't know) that I meditate on with planned maximum cutting retorts for next time...
Wise Solomon (who had his own distractions), wrote "Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom." (Song of Solomon 2:15)
"I passed by the field of the sluggard and by the vineyard of the man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown..." (Proverbs 24:30-31a)
The little foxes, the grains of sand, Oreos... it's the little things. No wonder the Apostle Paul admonished us to take every thought captive. My mind is like a man lacking sense.
So I'll tame the foxes, shake out my shoe, and get going. I've got miles to go before I sleep.
Miles to go before I sleep!