Life’s distractions, to most, seemingly are larger than life itself– full of unfair circumstances, created by hatred, covered with jealousy, tainted with sorrow and often leaving one in despair. Ask your best friend or enemy should you give way to distractions. Seek their advice during turbulent moments to ascertain purpose of a distraction. Few, if any, understand their power or purpose; neither is it uncommon to hold fast to your values when life begins to provide you with non-stop distractions.
There are two distinct groupings associated with distractions or what some commonly call setbacks in life. First, we have giants and secondly we have gnats. I firmly believe it’s unproductive to fight gnats as if they were giants. Neither should we treat giants as if they are gnats. nothing can be more alarming to die in battle against a gnat, or similarly thinking, you can ignore the presence of a giant.
Perhaps, you have overstated your issues of life thinking it’s a giant when in reality it’s nothing more than a gnat.
The gnat appears when something of value has become spoiled, lifeless, tainted or near its end. Leave an apple in your heated car and within days gnats will come. But should you throw the car aside or find the apple core? Most tend to swing violently at gnats or stop driving to chase them when in reality, a little wind created by rolling down a window will drive them away.
Giants conversely are present to thwart or intimidate you from obtaining matters of value or most often to overpower or reduce his foe through verbal threats or acts of violence. Giants are present when matters of life have value and there is unlimited value within your reach. Giants bring stories of your past failures while casting shadows of fear. Giants appear larger in life when in reality they have found a means to present themselves while making them appear larger than life. Tsan Tzuh in the Art Of War found it possible to defeat giants by waiting patiently while observing their means and methods of warfare. We often fight the private who is wearing the general uniform versus waiting to identify the general who is leading the charge of smaller giants.
Giants do fall, remember Goliath, he remembers David. When in doubt, roll down the window.. You will see more gnats in life than giants. Never fight a battle where there are no spoils.