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4/25/2003

 
| Little Things Mean A Lot

Kidney stones hurt. No. That is an understatement. Kidney stones are excruciatingly painful. When you have one that is trying to pass through your kidney, you can understand why some people call for the services of Dr. Kevorcian when they are suffering from a terminal illness. Yes, kidney stones hurt that much.

Now you would think that something so painful would be huge. It feels like a boulder is trying to rip through your organ. But alas, kidney stones are actually very tiny. When one passes through your body and you actually see it, you start to wonder what the fuss was all about.

It is like the story of the mighty lion reduced to tears because a tiny splinter is stuck in his paw. . .

Sometimes it is the small things in life that get you.

Most of us know that the big troubles in life will happen. When someone close to you passes away, you crash the car, get fired or an earthquake hits you reel from the pain. But you know where the pain is coming from and you can take steps to deal with it.

But what about the small things which eat away at you slowly; the things that you don’t know are effecting you until it is too late?

How many of us hate our jobs? How many of us carry small resentments about the way someone treats us? How many times do you give up getting your needs metby speaking up for yourself because of the fear of upsetting someone?

What kind of effect does that kind of stress day in and day out do to us? It can’t be very good. And the quality of our life suffers greatly because of it.

Kidney stones are eliminated by sonic waves that are so strong it smashes the already tiny stone into oblivion. I think similar treatment is needed to fix the “small problems” in our life that affect us a great deal. We need to make drastic changes to stick up for ourselves. We need to speak up when we need to speak up and take care of ourselves when we need to be taken care of.

Do you know what can happen when you don’t take care of a tiny kidney stone? It can eventually tear so much of your kidney that you can die from internal bleeding.

How many people drop dead of a heart attack, suffer a stroke or have a nervous breakdown because they didn’t take care of those “tiny” things in their lives that were eating away at them slowly but surely?

“Small” things don’t seem so small from that perspective do they?



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