It’s those little foxes, those small taunts or jibes and ridicules that we must jump over as we journey through our lives. Like a track athlete, we see the hurdles ahead, leap over them and try our best to land on our feet.
I had a friend who advised me to step over the Lilliputians or the little people that Jonathan Swift mentioned in Gulliver’s Travels. He was offering comfort after I shared an experience from a hostile job environment. We must overlook a lot of things if we want to keep it moving.
It often seems as if those obstacles are strategically placed to hopefully get us off course. But as we keep our eyes on the prize we carry on. Nehemiah in the Bible kept a weapon in one hand and a chisel in the other as he built his wall. He refused to be distracted by the shouts from down below him. We can do the same as we build our personal treasure troves and stay armed with our faith in ourselves to succeed.
Charles Barkley recently reminded us on a talk show that the spectators don’t scream when the mediocre guy shoots the ball. They bring their noise-makers, raise their voices and sit right behind the basket to do all they can to break the concentration of the winning players.
We too can ignore the detractors as we run our races. We can pass the little foxes, the hurdles, the little people, and even the invisible barriers. When we get to a resting place, we can take a breather or pant, if need be. We can even channel Maya Angelou and sigh, “Wouldn’t Take Nothing for the Journey, Now!
Lynn M. February 20, 2021