This morning there was some foreign body in my right eye. My eye felt so irritated. The first time I looked into the mirror I did not see it. After some time working due to a deadline, I still felt that there was something in my eye. So I took out my small mirror and really looked closely. Usually it was a piece of eye lash, that thick black thing. It would have been easier to spot and take out. But it was not. I did not see anything really. But then I looked more closely and carefully. Then I saw it. A very thin, fine piece of hair. No wonder I felt it but I could not see it at first glance. It took me quite some time to take it out because it was really sticking onto my eye, and one end was under the eyelid. My eye was feeling hurt already as I press the tissue to remove the hair out. Good thing my tear glands were working and it helped lots. Finally after maybe about five minutes of gently stroking I was able to take it out. What a relief! When I looked at that piece of hair, a very thin one, I could not imagine how much irritation it could give. It was 4 cm long. It made me think that many times in our lives there are these “thin and fine pieces of hair” that get into our eyes, rather lives. Disturbing us, giving us discomfort, irritating us, making us inefficient and see unclearly … until they are removed. There is just no way for us to say that we will forget about it, because it is still there, and since it is not supposed to be there, we could really feel it. Removing can be painful, and we need those “tears”. In life, removing all these “thin and fine pieces of hair that irritate our eyes” can also be a painful experience. But what a relief when they are gone. No pain, no gain! However, I think that there are some things in life that go beyond this “hair and eye” thing. Situations that just defy the theory of, “if it irritates, remove it, and you’ll be relieved”. Because there are times when we just have to live with it, or resolve it by other means. It takes discernment and wisdom to know which is which. So let us open our eyes to be more wise, but be careful of those thin and not so thin pieces of hair that irritate our eyes.