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A grain of sand in my shoe

Monday, April 30, 2012

So I'm about 2.5 miles into my 5.25 mile walk, when the pain started. I swear, at the moment, I felt like there were legions of Huns behind me and I had been struck in the achilies by a spear. I was at a spot where I have a short walk back to my house before hitting the other side of the "loop". I almost just turned right then and limped home.

So I says to myself, "Self... just stop for a moment and check it out". Not a spear. Not a rock. Frankly, it wasn't even much of a pebble. It was an extra large grain of sand that flipped up in between my sock and heel. Not sure how I didn't feel it sooner, but I was already bleeding and raw by then.

Pulled out the offender. Made sure he didn't have any friends hiding. Used a little water to rinse off the spot. Looked down the road towards my house. Stood up tall, smiled, and started the other half of my walk. It bugged me for a while, but I got over it and finished my walk well within my time frame.

I thought about that grain of sand. I could have let it annoy me, make me bleed more, trip me up for the day. But I didn't want that day become a week, a month, or an even excuse to not go further.

It felt good to walk it off. About a half mile afterwords I was rewarded with this:

I have always loved the scent of lilacs. They last such a short time. You have to truly enjoy them while you can. If I had given up and limped home, I would have never seen those lilacs.

I was reminded of this quote: "It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe. "~ Robert W. Service

Lesson learned, don't let the grain of sand become a mountain. Let the grain of sand, instead, become a pearl!

And next time you walk, tuck a couple of band-aids in your pouch.
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  • v KATETK
    Great analogy and smart of you to link it to the quote. You are so very correct. Glad you figured it out and got back out! K
    1578 days ago
    Good advice! Thank you for sharing.

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    1579 days ago
    Great job. Great attitude. The reward is finishing what you started. The lilacs are a bonus.
    1579 days ago
    Pretty flowers! Glad you didn't miss them! :)
    1579 days ago
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