Maybe this can be pondered as you go about life.   I once wrote ‘Life is full of needles and pins and the irritations which  challenge my day.’


            I know this to be true.   Every day has its petty little very human intrusions.  Some of them you can think about and laugh – most of them we probably should identify and brush aside immediately and not allow  to be more than part of living.   See them for what they are – LAUGH – (I for an example was not amused – many years ago – when my eight year old son was demonstrating a bowling tactic and ‘clean bowled’ with a salt shaker, a jug of milk.)  The milk poured over the table and soaked through the raffia matting on the floor.  I was not amused back then – it was a major setback and intrusion into MY day’s schedule.-  I put on a bit of a dramatic ‘poor mother’ and allowed the incident to upset and mar my day’s whole attitude. I had to wash the tablecloth, move the table and chairs and take up a  section of flooring. The matting was thrown out (the smell of milk lingers).   How much easier  our whole life became when we  had now a  a simple wooden floor!

            This memory today is one of our family’s points of reference to the richness and varied life we had when everyone was younger.       This memory is rich in LAUGHTER.

             A challenge for us all today is to see the needles and pins for what they really are.  Sometimes these non-life threatening  irritations should be dealt with and not allowed to dominate. It is the same with minor hurts – O how we need to learn to brush them off! Don’t let the trivial mar the day’s BEAUTIFUL POTENTIAL.

               BUT:    When it comes to darts – these have to be handled (I certainly believe) in a very different and more emphatic way.  I will make dodging and dealing with darts tomorrow’s THOUGHT.

                 Tuesday has just dawned here.     Lets all recognise the needles and pins –    move away from focussing on the upsets and find a gem of real BEAUTY  today.

                                        SMILE – make the world around you brighter!

About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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  1. DeniseBalog says:

    Amen Faye! “Our adversary goes about.. ” trying to stick us with “needles and pins!” 1 Peter 5:7. Good visual for me to remember!! Blessings friend, denise


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