It’s the Little Things
I had an epiphany this morning when I opened my dishwasher.
No, it wasn’t that I had forgotten to start it last night after dinner!
I was trying to get something out of the top rack, but it just wouldn’t open. I tugged and pulled, and finally looked inside to see what the problem was. There in the middle of the rack was the huge stoneware insert to our crock pot, which had given me trouble the night before when I was loading up.
‘Of course,’ I thought. I reached in and pushed the insert down. Nothing. Tried to push it sideways. Nothing. Pulled and tugged some more. Now I was getting a little miffed, because all I wanted was my coffee mug.
I bent down more to get a new perspective, and it was then that I realized that it wasn’t the crock pot causing me trouble at all… It was the lid to the smallest Tupperware container we own, which had somehow gotten jammed between the rack and the wheel.
I moved the lid, and the whole rack pulled out smoothly.
As I was sipping my coffee it occurred to me what a wonderful metaphor this was. I’ve been struggling with some big problems that don’t want to budge, and I’ve been tinkering and nudging and grumbling instead of looking for a smaller, more elegant solution.
I think we all do this from time to time. We see the big boulder in the middle of the road and try to push it. When it doesn’t move, or pushes back, we get angry.
What we need to do is look for the little cracks in the big boulder, because that is where we can start to get a foothold, and get over it.
What little cracks can you find in your big boulders today?