I will gain more understanding when I realize …
little creatures can teach me big lessons.
Few people appreciate mice. To most of us, they are dirty,
annoying little creatures who destroy property and invade our
personal space. A mouse will make its way through the smallest
of openings to come into your home and help itself to the best you
have to offer, leavings its droppings behind. Ever try to catch a mouse?
They will dodge your broom as they scurry into a hole you never knew
existed, leaving you out of breath and out of control! Then there is another
side of the mouse you may have never considered. Because mice are so
small, they have the ability to get into places and to see things that other
creatures can’t. In other words, mice see opportunities that other creatures
miss. At the same time, mice are a source of food for many other animals.
For this reason, they must be very careful about how they move, where they
move and when they move. They don’t eat from every hand. They must first
know you and feel comfortable around you. Mice know that they must be
flexible in order to get into and out of tight places safely. The mouse teaches
us to pay attention to details. Things like cheese in a trap! Mice know that
there are details, which if ignores, could cost you your hide.
Caution in movement. Focus of direction. Scrutiny of association. Flexibility.
The mouse teaches us that it is possible to move in and out of the experiences
of our lives without being trapped. The key is to be aware of what you are
at all times.
Until today, you may not have had a healthy appreciation of the skills of mice.
Just for today, set aside any dislike of little creepy things. Instead, examine
Today I am devoted to moving with caution, focusing on what I am doing;
and to scrutinizing everything
and everyone, including myself!
Reading from Until today by Iyanla Vanzant