In 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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