On my way out the door, I walked past the wicker fruit basket eyeing the overripe bananas. "I'll deal with it when I get back." I mumbled under my breath.
When I returned home, I noticed a Gnat flying around. I glanced at the fruit basket and then took a half hearted swat at the pesky insect.
Tired from a long day, I plopped down at my writing desk more eager to work on my speaking notes than chase an annoying Gnat.
An hour later, totally exhausted, I stretched out across the bed for a much needed power nap. I quickly drifted into REM mode (rapid eye movement). I had no more dozed into the abyss of total relaxation when I was suddenly jerked straight out of the bed. I jumped to my feet grabbing my nose when I yelled out loud , "OMG! A Gnat just flew up my nose!"
As I gathered my wits about me, I had to come to terms with the fact that the smallest of insects had just violated my comfort zone and nearly caused me to have a heart attack.
I sat back down on the edge of the bed and laughed out loud as I realized how ridiculous I looked jumping up and down in front of the long mirror smacking my own face!
What I have learned:
- First and foremost, if you can laugh at yourself when the "Gnats in life" jerk you around then you will never run out of things to laugh about!
- Second. Gnats don't just show up. Gnats evolve, over time. Poor health, failing relationships, financial crises, and work related problems do not just appear out of the blue. They were once small and manageable issues that evolved into real problems.
- Third. Never underestimate the power of the small things in life.
- Last but not least, small things are not always as annoying as a Gnat flying up your nose. A thank you card is small. But it's huge to the person who received it. A smile is no big deal unless you are the recipient. A pat on the back and encouraging word goes along way to a person suffering in silence.
Life. It's all about the little things.