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Don’t let little irriations ruin your day

We’re a touchy lot, sensitive for sure. I’m speaking of several members of my growing family.

I’m fixin’ to find out how touchy this ol’ gal is. We’re keeping the year-old twins for a week. So, please don’t be too sensitive about this re-write … life’s a little busy.

About two years ago I was battling with one of those pokey tags on the back of a shirt. It was scratching the mess out of me. Most people probably wouldn’t notice it, but there are enough of us complainers to cause manufacturers to produce tag-less clothing.

Now, if I only could easily find seamless socks. Two of my many grandchildren fight with seams on a daily basis in the winter. Thank goodness for the relief of flip-flop weather and sockless days.

When I was on Mawmaw duty, getting 4-year old Kasie James dressed for school was often an adventure into creative thinking. She is one of the kids with an aversion to seams in socks.

It didn’t matter if we turned the socks inside out or tried different shoes there was going to be a meltdown. Finally, I remembered the “Princess and the Pea.” You know, the story about finding the real princess by putting a pea under many mattresses. The sensitive skin of a princess felt the pea.

I told Kasie James I was going to write a book, “The Princess and the Socks.” We got tickled and mornings took on an easier slant from then on out. Now, that’s not to say she wasn’t bothered. She simply learned new ways to think on something else, forgetting about the icky way her sock felt. Mawmaw is still on the hunt for seamless socks.

A bunch of things can irritate. Plastic thread in a seam, the wrong detergent, itchy material and myriad everyday stuff can mess with our comfort. Being sensitive can cause us to contort and scratch trying to find relief. Sometimes, it causes us to lose our minds and it sure doesn’t resemble a happy dance.

That’ll preach. There are many things that can stick us wrong, poking a hole in our joy balloons. Often all it takes to fix it is a new pair of socks, new environment or an attitude adjustment. But “irregular” may be a constant briar coming in all kinds of forms. Some of these stickers just can’t be alleviated. They are perpetual thorns in our sides.

Take heart. We have a hope. Paul writes this about his thorn, “My (God’s) grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

And then there’s the softening and strengthening Serenity prayer my friend and many often pray: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

May your day be thorn free.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also a speaker on matters of faith and values.

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