Sunday, May 22, 2005

For want of a nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.For want of a shoe the horse was lost.For want of a horse the rider was lost.For want of a rider the battle was lost.For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Tonight as I sit here, trying to pull the threads of a story together while so many of the loose threads in my life wiggle wildly around me like snakes hunting for prey (Picture Indiana Jones in that snake pit and you'll have a clear picture of the glamorous life most writers live) I wonder two things about this centuries old nursery rhyme.

First, how many nails are being missed in our daily lives. Those tiny little bits that hold things together and can be so easily overlooked. Perhaps it's good to remind ourselves every so often that little details do matter in the big scheme of things.

Second, you do matter!
So often I talk to people, many times young people, who feel as if they have no importance because they aren't out there making miracles happen. Or pehaps it isn't something as dramatic as that. Perhaps its doing everything you can and still not making the A list. Perhaps you're caught in an endless litany of cooking, cleaning, and washing. Perhaps you've no wish to be the next president and what you really want out of life is just cutting that board and nailing up that 2x4. Perhaps it's reading that book and sharing it with a friend. Or more importantly it's sharing a part of the one and only you with someone else. Whatever it is, I hope you realize that if it wasn't for all of these tiny nails holding the shoe of life together, all of life would be lost!
Believe in yourself!

Feel free to add your thoughts about the little things.
Tomorrow, I've a neat little story to tell you about a Phantom, and an Fan.
Good night
Jennifer St. Giles


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