Do You Make Mountains Out Of Molehills?

For those who aren’t familiar with the expression, “Making a mountain out of molehill,” let me fill you in. While there are lengthy articles written about the origin of this phrase which goes back to 1484, the bottom line refers to someone who overreacts to a minor issue.

brother and sister fighitng

We had planned this family visit for a couple of months. My brother and his wife live out-of-state so our time together is always special. Well perhaps not always. “Why?” you ask. Let me tell you about our last visit. I am embarrassed to say that it wasn’t due to my long wait at L.A.X when I went to pick them up. It wasn’t due to their long day of working then flying across the country. It wasn’t due to our lack of sleep. It wasn’t due to the 300 mile road trip(we spent the day going from one family member to the next). And lastly, it wasn’t due to my driving back alone the next day while my brother and his wife stayed an extra few days to visit with another brother and our mother.

So, you ask, “What was the discord?” As I said, this is rather embarrassing as we are both in our 6th decade. My brother and I argued, fought, and did much rolling of the eyes because he felt his golf clubs and luggage would not fit in the trunk of our brothers car, and I stood my ground and said it would.

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If there is ever a Guinness Record for the stupidest reason to fight, I believe we are a shoo-in! Now if this argument lasted the short time it deserved, there wouldn’t have been a problem. NO, this ridiculous fight actually defined the entire 36 hours I spent with them.

When saying “goodbye” I was well aware that our time together had been compromised, and neither of us was happy with the outcome of our visit.   My brother and I talk weekly so when I realized that several weeks had passed since we had last spoke, I decided to give him a call. I am the middle child and therefore the peacemaker by birth order. He is the youngest and I won’t address what therapists say about the baby of the family (after all this blog is meant to mend not inflame).

The first words out of my mouth were, “Are we okay?” My brother who doesn’t mince words simply said, “You are a pain in my ass, but I love you anyway”. After I acknowledged the same about him we were then on good terms.

The take-away: don’t let silly, stupid arguments become bigger than they are. Being right (and I was) isn’t always what’s important. And in case if my brother reads this and is now rolling his eyes, I say, “Let him write a blog and tell his side of the story”.

If there is someone in your life important to you and both of you are off-track, make the call, send a text, and/or write a note.   Do what it takes to make things right. Life is way too short to make a “mountain out of molehill”.

gray tabby kitten cat rubbing up against a golden retriever puppy dog in grass in a garden scene with pink flowers behind them.

gray tabby kitten cat rubbing up against a golden retriever puppy dog in grass in a garden scene with pink flowers behind them.

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6 thoughts on “Do You Make Mountains Out Of Molehills?

  1. Gail says:

    What great advice – life is too short to let petty things get in the way of anything.
    I love the kitten and puppy co cute.

  2. Roni says:

    I believe when people face real problems they are even more aware of how silly little things can be. I worked for a guy named Tom back in the late 80s (perhaps you know him). He was famous for saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” He was so right, just not always easy to do,

  3. Sue says:

    I know I’m guilty of doing this. At sometime or another almost everyone is guilty of doing it. I’ve mended a few fences in my 60 some years and continue to trip over the mole hills.

  4. Roni says:

    My reply to Gail is also meant for you. :). That’s the best part of getting to our 60s. It is called wisdom. And the tripping part? That is called being human. It happens to only the best people.

  5. Marjie says:

    The:tops the stupidest argument of all time;I think that award almost,belongs to my daughter?! She screamed at me and threw a fit,one visit with us,because her restaurant leftover of Mac and Cheese,was accidently left in a relatives refrig.by me! I refused to argue about such a trivial mater.So,I defused her out lash at me.I told her I needed space!-There was too much going on,too many relatives,too much tension going on in that space of time,and with our visit?! She apologized,we reconciled.All is/was ok!

  6. Roni says:

    I think most of us could stand in line regarding stupidest arguments. Must have been one heck of a great Mac and Cheese.

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