Janette Kenny

Grains of sand

I’ve found myself singing Carrie Underwood’s latest hit, Love Is All That Matters. The overall message is uplifting, but I keep getting drawn back to one line — “Sometimes, that mountain you’ve been climbing, is just a grain of sand…”

That rings so true to me, and reminds me of a favorite saw of my dad’s — don’t make mountains out of molehills. Yes, he told me that many times, and though the lesson stuck, I’ll admit there have been instances where I perceived things to be bigger, or badder, than they were. It’s part of human nature.

Those seemingly insurmountable odds are a wonderful vehicle in fiction, but they can be a defeating one if you’re on the creative edge and the sand starts piling up. Sometimes it’s hard to tell at first (or second or fifth) glance the scope of our particular challange. Like a sandstorm, the true picture can be obscured.

I see people as bits of sand, being blown by life over the dunes of time to mound or drift on. Some grains find purchase and welcome others to pile up on them, creating a refuge–their own mountain of support. Others never find a place to rest, and are soon worn down to dust.

Our very lives sift through a miniscule hole in the hourglass of the world, marking our days, minutes, seconds. That’s never been more obvious to me than now when my mom is battling a terrible illness.

We need to make the most of life. Now. And we need to stop looking at those molehills as insurmountable obstacles, or we’ll never stand a chance when we do face that mountain.

So I’m ignoring the Mt. Impossibles and focusing on the things I can control, like writing another historical novel, and going over my final copy edits for One Real Man.

Life. You should love it to live it to its fullest. 😉

8 comments to “Grains of sand”

  1. Jennifer Y.
    November 9th, 2007 at 2:04 pm · Link

    What a wonderful and inspiring post!

  2. Jan
    November 9th, 2007 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Thanks, Jennifer!

  3. kathy H.
    November 11th, 2007 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Janette…..I hear what you are saying!!! We tend to take for granted how precious life is!!! But thanks for reminding me!!! I do think that Liam is a reminder of that every day, though, too, because his little life is so full of new beginnings & discoveries & it makes me realize all we have to be thankful for!!!This post was an inspiration!

  4. Jan
    November 11th, 2007 at 10:30 pm · Link

    There’s nothing more wonderful than seeing the world through a child’s eyes, Kathy! Have you heard the new Kenny Chesney song, Don’t Blink? It’s about the interview with a man who turned 102. And thanks! We’ve both had our share of parent problems the past couple of years.

  5. kathy H.
    November 13th, 2007 at 6:53 pm · Link

    I did hear that song on the CMA show the other night & it was very touching!!! Even though I’m not a big country fan, I do love some of the songs. I even liked the “Boondocks” song, too.

  6. Jan
    November 13th, 2007 at 9:42 pm · Link

    Wasn’t it though!

  7. Edie
    November 15th, 2007 at 9:54 am · Link

    Jan, great post! I saw the CMA show too, with the great songs. Loved Kenny Chesney’s Don’t Blink too. 🙂

  8. Jan
    November 16th, 2007 at 9:46 pm · Link

    Thanks, Edie! Yes, I love Chesney’s Don’t Blink, probably nore now than before.

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