If you have to eat a frog….

iStock_000004625130XSmallOkay, be forewarned! This is not for the delicate or faint of heart. Yesterday, I ran 8 miles.  That’s farther than I have ever run before. The sun was shining for the first time in over a week.  And it was warm!  A few days before I had biked 20 miles in 30 degree weather and almost froze to death.  My left ear broke off when I removed my helmet. But today temperatures were in the high fifties.  Two deer stood at no more than 10 yards and watched with big eyes and long lashes.  I could almost hear them whispering, “That guy only has one ear.”

The only drawback was my big toe. It was hurting and I knew why.  As I was putting on my running shoes I had realized I should clip my toenails. I remember thinking that the nail on my big toe could have been registered as a lethal weapon. But clipping would waste time. I’d have to find the heavy duty clippers, clear the room of innocent bystanders, pick up the lamps knocked over by flying toenails.  So I just put on my shoes and ran.  I started feeling a dull pain at mile five, but I pushed on. When I got home, I took off my sock and…….   well, I’m not going to describe it to you.  I will tell you that my granddaughters ran from the house screaming, “eeeeeeeeewww” and I haven’t seen them since. I am going to lose this toenail AND I won’t be running for awhile.

How dumb was this. When will I learn that when we ignore the little things in life, they turn into big things.  A neglected hurting toe eventually affects the entire body. It’s true of every area of our life.  Too often we neglect to take care of some little issue until it cripples us.

As Barney Fife used to say, “Nip it in the bud.”

Some one else said, “If you have to eat a frog eat it quick because the longer you wait the bigger it gets.”

As for me I had a personal pedicure. That means I clipped em myself, then I put on a pair of running shoes and went looking for my granddaughters.