"It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe."
~ Robert W. Service ~
What Are the Grains of Sand in Your Shoe?
Think of a time that you were walking along and you noticed a pebble or some sand in your shoe. Did you stop and dump it out, or continue walking and allowing it to bother you? Most times I think we shake or tap our shoe and move it and keep walking. Only to have it move back and continue to bother you.
If we keep going long enough and it is only mildly irritating, we can go pretty far while tolerating the pain. Why do we all do this? It is similar to the story of boiling a frog. If you drop a frog in boiling water he will immediately jump out to get away from the pain; if you put him in room temperature water and heat it slowly, he will cook. The pain is not strong and unbearable, it is gradual and he tolerates it. Does this mean he is strong? No, it means that he is cooked.
We continue allowing something to slowly eat at us, aka the grains of sand in our shoe; and slowly, we are cooked like the frog. It would be much easier to take the shoe off and dump it out, but it is easier to gradually go on in pain. What are your grains of sand? How long have they been in your shoe? Take the shoe off, shake it out and walk comfortably.
We owe it to ourselves to take that shoe off, shake it out and walk comfortably. It is not easy and the sand will come back from time to time, but we must get it out and, this part is important, leave it there. If we do not leave it, we did not solve anything. We do not have time to keep sand in our shoes because we do not know how long we are here for. Festering about something is a waste of the time that we have.
It is our responsibility to support each other and help to clean out our grains of sand. With the sand gone, you can focus on what you want and where you want to go. Be in control of your destiny and never give up on yourself or each other. How many times should your child try to walk before it is okay to let them quit? Would you tell them “You have been trying and it is not working, you just need to give up”? Hell no, you would never say that, we say “take my hand and walk with me”.
So I say to you; shake the sand out, take my hand and walk with me! Thank you for reading this.