One day last week, while walking across America in the 7,000 and 8,000 foot elevations of mountains in New Mexico, I got a rock in my shoe. Actually, I had about 30 rocks in my shoe that day since gravel was all over the shoulder of the roads at this elevation. (Left from snow days.)
After taking out rock after rock, I played a game. I decided not to take the next rock out of my shoe. I tried options like the following:
“Ignoring” game – I’ll pretend it’s not there. Didn’t work.
“Diversion” game – I tried singing. Bad idea. First song was “Rock of Ages.”
“Wiggle my foot so rock is not felt” game – Didn’t work…I felt it everywhere.
“Just tough it out” game – Didn’t work. Rock grew and pain intensified.
“Think of other things” game – All I could see were rocks…was walking on gravel.
GAME OVER!! So I did the obvious. I took the rock out, just like the other 30 rocks.
Now, it’s a no brainer for us that when we get a rock in our shoe, we take it out. Even small rocks become a nuisance. Well, if we are so smart in handling little rocks in our shoes, why don’t we use the same good thinking and take out the “little rocks” of life that get in our walk of life.
What “little rocks?”
Bitterness… from something hurtful said to us.
Eating too much…as a habit and increasing our weight.
Spending more money than we make…becoming financially irresponsible.
Staying up too late… getting too little sleep.
Since we’re smart enough to sit down and take the rock out of our shoe, let’s show the same brilliance in our daily lives and take action to get the “little rocks” out of our walk through life.
Why don’t we use the same brilliance with life’s “little rocks?”
- Takes time.
- Tried it before and failed.
- Too proud to ask for help.
- Too hard.
Yes. It will take more time and will be hard, but help is available. Let’s drop our pride and ask a friend to help. If a professional is needed, seek that help, too.
Why? Because it’s worth it. I learned that while I was walking across America with a rock in my shoe. I was missing the beauty of the mountains in New Mexico where I was walking. I was so focused on the little rock, I did not see the beauty all around me. Once the rock was out, WOW! What a beautiful place. New Mexico mountains are so awesome.
So, start enjoying life that’s around you. Your family. Your friends. Your work. Your life.
We deserve to enjoy our lives, so let’s sit down together and begin getting those “little rocks” out of our lives and enjoy the life God has given us. It’s definitely worth the time and effort.
Happy walking through life with the “little rocks” out.
Jim / Walking Across America