Sand In My Shoes // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

A young man backpacked from New York to San Francisco. At the end of his journey, a
reporter asked, “What was your greatest obstacle?” He replied, “The toughest part of the
trip was not climbing the steep mountain slopes. It was not crossing the hot desert. No,
the thing that came closest to defeating me was the sand in my shoes.”

Actually, his answer should not surprise us too much. The little difficulties in life can
cause the greatest annoyance and frustration. We often allow dinky, puny issues to
bloom into full- grown problems. Instead of focusing at the larger picture, we spend our
time thinking about the “sand in our shoes.”

Madam Guyon said, “Problems are like babies. They grow larger by nursing!”

A while back, I had the privilege of meeting a remarkable young lady named Tracy. She
is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from her neck down by a skiing accident. Instead of
complaining about her situation, Tracy beamed as she described the joys of her life. She
was attending college to become a counselor. She learned to write fluently with her
mouth, and when I met her, she was in the process of writing her autobiography. Her life
stands as an inspiration of faith and hope.

As we parted, I was amazed at her positive attitude, and ashamed that I so often complain
about my little inconveniences. Honestly, most of our aggravations are merely bugs on
the windshield of life. It’s easy to become sidetracked by the small obstacles, forgetting
to make the most of what life brings us.

Keep your eye on the goal! The backpacker became discouraged when he thought more
about the sand than San Francisco!

If you can deal with the small stuff, you’ll be better prepared to handle the big stuff when it comes. Instead of complaining about the “sand in your shoes”, be thankful that you have “shoes for the journey”.

Count your blessings and don’t let the little things get you down!

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