The other day while sitting on the porch during a rainy day drinking coffee with my wife, I sort of blurted out loud a rather pensive question, "I wonder where the mosquitoes go when it rains?" After a brutal winter of record snow amounts and a very rainy spring, we are in no shortage of the swarming biting beasts up here in the Northland! I can tell you!
As soon as my question was stated Kathy answered in an instant, "Probably in our house!" We both erupted into laughter at the rather pessimistic response as I nodded my head up and down. Not in anyone else's home mind you, but those pesky things, are just in my house; all of them! Every single one of those blood suckers dwell in my abode! So, well I got to thinking about that statement. I sort of think many people embed themselves in that kind thinking, "The pests are probably all in my house, in my life, at my work, and in my relationships."
Not long ago a friend of mine shared with me, "Things are going so well right now in my life I just wonder when it's going to happen?" I replied, "What happens?" He went on to explain that he felt his job was just too fulfilling right now, his marriage too satisfying, and kids so rewarding that something - just some unfortunate thing readied itself to spring upon him ruining his happiness. "Besides" he continued, "Everything seems to happen to me."
Well here's the thing. Mosquitoes are everywhere! We all suffer from the ravages of these little pests. In the Northland they are just a real nuisance swarming by the thousands upon any unsuspecting victim. In the third world, they carry disease, suffering, and death. Millions struggle with mosquitoes in their houses!
Such are the problems of life. But, if we let them become more than they really are, we lose focus in a hurry. Many of our problems are quite small in reality. However, allowing every problem to live in our house, in our minds, and in our lives make them insurmountable leaving life lacking happiness and fulfillment.
Question: How do you handle the mosquitoes in your house? Ignore them to your peril, or, give this little, almost microscopic, pest front and center stage in your life, and the effect is the same. That little problem grows to seeming size of an elephant! Now imagine, two or three flying biting gnats in the house is a nuisance, but one gnat the size of an elephant is a life threatening calamity.
Truth: Most mosquitoes, the vast majority, are in fact are outside our homes. Let's keep it that way. That's where they belong. By keeping problems in their proper place, you reduce the mosquitoes in your life down to their actual reality; just little pests. They are nothing more than a small problem you can swat away.
Just My Thoughts