In the story of the Princess and the Pea, a princess is put through a test to see if she truly is as royal as she says. If she’s truly a princess, then she’ll feel a pea underneath a pile of a hundred mattresses, because only a true princess would be so sensitive.
We all have silly little things that annoy us, but today we wanted to challenge all of you to prove your royalty! What are your little annoyances—the stuff that drives you crazy, even though you know deep down that it’s not really a big deal?
--dirty dishes in the sink in the morning after my family has assured me they’ll take care of cleaning up the kitchen. I should be grateful for their efforts regardless. I’m not. ;) All I want is an empty sink I didn’t have to empty myself!
--in church, when people pray aloud with music playing in the background for ambiance. I don’t know why that drives me up the wall, but it really does!
--when people don’t finish something they start.
--people looking at their phones at a traffic light after it turns green.
--McDonalds leaving the lime out of my salad.
--when an author kills off a character I’ve come to care about…
What about the rest of you? What little annoyance do you have, the single pea beneath your pile of mattresses?
Life could be a whole lot worse, couldn’t it? If this is as bad as it gets, we’re going to be just fine! Besides, being sensitive to the little things isn’t limited to annoyances. There are tiny but beautiful things to notice, too!
Like dragonflies, drops of dew, the scent of flowers in the air during the summer, the aroma of coffee in the morning, a fully charged cell phone, a brand new book just waiting to be read… There are so many tiny pleasures that we probably don’t stop to notice!
So let’s not forget the tiny, lovely, ordinary parts of our lives. And we don’t have to be royalty to enjoy them.