A cartoon once appeared in the New Yorker magazine. A truck is approaching a small bridge that is plainly marked, “Load Limit 8 tons.” The side of the truck is marked: “8 tons.”
When the 8 ton truck was about in the middle of the bridge with the 8 ton limit, a bluebird lighted on the top girder. At that point the bridge gave way and crashed with the truck into the river below, to the obvious surprise of the bluebird.
The bridge was built as indicated for 8 tons and the truck weighed exactly that. The bridge could hold up under its load limit, but not under 8 tons and one bluebird.
Of course, this story is wonderfully ridiculous. Most bridges could stand up under their load limit and several thousand bluebirds extra. But, to be sure, all bridges have a breaking point somewhere “that point at which the bluebird would be just much too much. But it really isn’t the bluebird that breaks it down. It is the fact that 8 tons are already present.
We all have bluebird troubles, don’t we? We are all burdened by the facts of our lives which load us to the point of “load limit.” We let little things get the best of us, little bluebirds of nothingness, tiny bluebirds of no importance, but just the thing to bring us down.
Every person has a limit and we would do well to watch for the warning signs of one bluebird too many. There is always a “load limit.”
Thanks to Arthur E. Dean Windhorn
What is YOUR “Load Limit”? How do YOU best handle YOUR “Load Limit”?
WHEN YOU DO LITTLE THINGS LIKE THEY’RE BIG THINGS, GOD WILL DO BIG THINGS FOR YOU LIKE THEY’RE LITTLE THINGS!