The Little Things: An Overview

Like many folks I have been watching the decline of the “Good Ole USA” for most of my life. Sure, sure, that makes me sound like an old fuddy-duddy – don’t I know it! But that does not make me wrong. As they say, just because you are paranoid does not mean there isn’t someone out to get you.

We live in the best country in the world (it still has LOTS of ugliness) and have the best form of government (although rife with difficulties) yet discovered. As a positive person, I’d be a fool and a hypocrite if I did not acknowledge all the good things and improvements in life in the last fifty years. But you have to be blind to ignore the decline in the overall ‘feel’ of day to day life. Amidst all the gains this strikes me as even more meaningful. By way of over simplification…..We have more but enjoy it less.

There is a saying that has crept into our subconscious and become part of the problem. Actually, as an attitude, it is at least a symptom if not perhaps the cause of some of our troubles. Originally a cute thought similar to “Don’t worry, be happy,” but when taken too far it becomes potentially destructive. Think about this: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff.” As a worldview this mantra is ruinous in it’s application. The cancer ignored does not shrink and disappear. The spot of rust on your vehicle will never become clean painted metal again when left alone.

Do these “Little Things” always lead to big trouble tomorrow? Of course not! But SOME percentage of them are guaranteed to bring adversity or worse. This old proverb/nursery rhyme says it all.

“For want of a nail, the shoe was lost;
for want of the shoe, the horse was lost;
for want of the horse, the rider was lost;
for want of a rider, the message was lost;
for want of the message, the battle was lost;
for want of the battle, the war was lost;
for want of a victory, a Kingdom was lost.
All for want of a nail.”

In this series of articles I will expose some areas where a bit of attention to the “Little Things” might well have significant benefits. I hope you join me in this exploratory journey toward solutions.

Till next time. Good luck and God Bless.

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Posted: 9-28-09

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