Sunday, September 18, 2005

Little Back-breaking Straws / Click To Donate

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.
Aesop (620-560 BC)
The Ass and the Frogs

What gets you really worked up? Chances are the things that make you the maddest or upset you most are the small straws. I have a list, the same as anyone; sometimes life's little back-breaking straws make a mess inside my three feet of personal space, but not nearly as often as they used to. I draw clear lines that I expect others not to cross now and defending my comfort zone is the only thing worth all the bother of a major explosion. But little shit, piled one upon the other, can cause momentary insanity if I am not vigilant in keeping things in perspective.
The time it takes to melt down, is brief unless you lengthen your fuse. Long minutes venting only pollutes the air with ugly noise that the listener most often just tunes out anyway. Wasted breath is such a foolish investment. The time it takes to calm down, forgive or be forgiven then regain the position you owned before the big boom can drag on for days and days. And each time you risk doing damage that will never be put right.
Saving the strength for the big stuff, we each have to face from time-to-time, seems the best way to insure that it will be there when needed. Small straws are often held firm, by the camel they ride. If not tied upon the beast, in question, shaking them off is only a matter of a side step or two. The choice is the camel's, don't you agree?