Even the mightiest of the mighty can be brought down by the smallest thing.

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

SmokiesIn the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the high elevation spruce-fir forest has been under attack for several decades, and the tall Douglas and Frasier firs and the Eastern Hemlock are being lost forever.

What is interesting is that these might giants are succumbing to the tiniest of enemies. The culprit is a small insect, the wooly agelid. The agelid is a parasite that infests the trees and over a long period of time, literally sucks the life out of them. What once was a magnificent forest cover has been reduced to tall wooly skeletons of what once was.

These trees did not give in to an axe, or longsaw, or any obvious peril. It was a small, persistent nuisance that eventually toppled the giant!

The lesson here is obvious. In our lives and careers, we are prepared to overcome the obvious foes that would attempt to triumph over us. Yet we often overlook the little things, the minute details, or nuisance items and consider then trivial and unimportant.

Yet more often than not, given enough time, these pesky little critters can bring us down. So pay attention to that gnawing undertone from within, it just might be worthy of your immediate attention!

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Don Rogers
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Richard,

This post and Debe Maxwells' post are so tied together.  We need to be ever vigilant to protect ourselves.  We need to protect ourselves from intruders/parasites daily and that can only be done, IMHO, by hard work and education.

August 23, 2008 03:31 PM
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Jeremy...

Especially today, you either need balance or a good partner! Thanks.

George...

The latest efforts have been with imported beetles that will eat the agelids, but the success rate has not been all that good so far, and has been very expensive. THX.

Don..

I agree, and we need to stay vigilant, as you so correctly stated!

August 23, 2008 04:39 PM
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Melody Botting
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I tend to focus on the details that are important to me.  As selfish as it sounds, it is true.  Time to re-think what is important.

August 23, 2008 07:34 PM
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Mel...

Yes, I think we have BOTH discovered that it is time for introspection! Thanks.

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I was told by a businessman years ago, that it isn't the big things that kill you.  Most of the time it's the little things

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