We live on a gravel road so our windshield often has dust on it. Using the wipers to clean the window, I noticed the passenger side wiper had a small piece of cedar needle stuck under it. Every time the blade wiped the window the portion where the needle was didn’t get clean. All the other places were clean, so the passenger could still see, but it was inconvenient to constantly look around the streak.
The only time the cedar needle was an issue was when the blades would wipe the window. Otherwise, it didn’t really bother anyone.
It’s the same thing with “small” problems. When we do not face the issues and just choose to ignore them, we allow it to grow and fester. There is greater potential for damage that may be more costly than the time it would take to deal with it now.
Imagine how much easier it is when we address the small problems when they begin, instead of after they balloon into something so much worse.
Marital issues, work environments, friendships, all of these become dysfunctional when the small problems aren’t dealt with right away. I am the pot calling the kettle black in this, but I have also begun to remove the small twigs and speak when needed.
Dear Ones, do you have twigs that need to be removed? Are you just hoping they will go away on their own? Are you ready to take action and clear you view?
It’s time. Make the phone call, write the email, set the appointment and meet with the person you’re at odds with and work toward restoring your relationships. Don’t let any more time pass with a smear on your windshield.