When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

The Small Things…

Encouraging you to deal with the small things on near a river.

It is the small things that eventually ruin your life.

On the slope of Long’s Peak in Colorado lies the ruin of a giant tree that stood for 400 years. It was a seedling when Columbus landed at San Salvador, and half grown when the pilgrims settled at Plymouth.

During the course of its 400 year of life, lightning struck it 14 times! And the countless avalanches and storms of four centuries thundered past it. It survived them all.

In the end, however, an army of beetles attacked the tree and leveled it to the ground. The insects ate their way through the bark and gradually destroyed the inner strength of the tree by their tiny but incessant attacks.

A forest giant, which age had not withered, nor lightning blasted, nor storms subdued, fell at last.  Beetles so small that you could crush them between your fingers caused it to finally come down.

There is a parallel in this story that should be a warning to you. Most of us can survive times of crisis. We summon the strength of faith and resolve for almost any battle we face head on. Whether it is in our professional or personal lives, we often overcome great challenges. It is the small things like jealousy, anger, resentment, pettiness, and negativity that eat us from the inside and bring about our downfall.

Unlike a giant tree, we can identify and fight those moral or ethical insects. But we must be constantly on guard.

Get rid of your anger! Get rid of your jealousy.  End your resentment!  Do not be petty or negative.  Instead, replace these negative traits with positive ones.  Replace anger with kindness, jealousy with trusting love, pettiness and negativity with positive thoughts and actions.

These small things lead to depression and anxiety.  They can also ruin your life. Do not let the small things ruin your life!

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms.  Replace your negative traits with positive ones before the negative ones overcome your life!

You might also enjoy the encouraging words in these Near a River posts:

YOU CAN GO ON!  Read this!

Are you sad? Please read this!

Keep your promises! Click here.

You can survive very hard times.

If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!

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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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