I can remember a few years back around Memorial Day when I was cleaning out the shed in our backyard. There had been an extremely wet few weeks prior followed by dry and warm days and nights. Needless to say the insects were out in full force and ready to attack. I had received several mosquito bites that day and thought nothing of them. The next day however, one particular bite on my calf kept getting warmer and pinker. I brushed it off and assumed like the others, it would be gone in a day or so. But my leg now was beginning to hurt and turn a darker shade of pink, almost red. I again, thought maybe it had possibly become infected and still believed in another day all would be well. Upon the arrival of that day, I could barley walk and was developing a fever. My leg now was extremely red and swollen and the infection was moving further up my leg. After being pumped with IV antibiotics and unable to walk for three days in the hospital, yes all was finally well. A confirmed spider bite from which I still carry a scar. Scary yes, but the lesson I learned was that if I had listened to the initial little signs my body was giving, perhaps I would not have had to endure such a painful and costly ordeal? The little things were speaking to me and I ignored them.
In my current novel, Walker's Vale, the tag line states, The Devil is in the Details. How appropriate for so many instances in our lives. The little things we try to ignore that gnaw at the back door of our minds, the small voice we pretend we don't hear that calls to wisdom; the little sins we think we can hide under the proverbial rug.
Could it be that the "little things" are actually the "big things" in disquise? Would I dare argure that if we could for one day, pay attention to those often ignored, over-looked, tiny details in our lives, we could change the way we think and ultimately the way we act?
Could it be that Mr. Archie Bunker had some purposeful insight to share from his often dark and dull mind? Wait, dark....dirty....needs to be washed....
Hmmm, wash...now that I think about it, I have to go and wash my truck and of course detail it.