What a mouse taught me about marriage

An old roller ball mouse taught me a lot about marriage. Here are a few things I learned.

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  • Some days you just have to get out of the house. So, I headed to the library. I planted myself in the computer lab among the rows and rows of computers.

  • My computer of choice had an old roller ball mouse, and it was hurtin'.

  • Maybe IT wasn't hurtin', but it did make ME hurt to use it. It jumped crazily around the screen, I had to roll it several times to get it to go where I wanted it to … I had to do those crazy computer dance moves … raise it up, shake it around … as if that was going to help the thing perform better.

  • Then I remembered: it's one of those old roller ball mouses. Oh, Sorry – Mice.

  • When they get dirty around the roller ball – they stop working.

  • I'm sure the nice librarians had many more important things to do with books and reference materials and the Dewey Decimal System than to stop by the lab every once in a while to clean out dirty mice.

  • I turned the thing over, and took the roller ball out. Like I suspected, the mechanisms were covered with goobers (the technical term).

  • When you get goober build up, mice stop working. It happened over time. Lots of use, lack of cleaning.

  • The mouse still worked, but it began missing things. It needed extra coaxing to do what it needed to do. It took more work to do simple tasks, but hey – it wasn't dead.

  • Yet.

  • Amazingly, after five minutes of working on removing goobers with my fingernail … I decided NOT to go ask the librarians if they had any rubbing alcohol (they looked busy staring intently over their horn rimmed glasses) … It was fully de-goobered.

  • And hey, it worked!

  • It responded when I moved it, it highlighted and selected amazingly.

  • All because I took five minutes to work on it.

  • I paid attention to where it wasn't working

  • I noticed the problem areas

  • I took the initiative and cleaned up the mess

  • I worked at it

  • … and you know what …it wasn't that tough.

  • It didn't take that long

  • It worked like new after the short amount of time that I put into it

  • Hmm.

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  • How's your mouse and rollerball working today?

  • Editor's note: This article was originally published on Stupendous Marriage. It has been republished here with permission.

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I enjoy the journey of being a husband and father, a former Youth Pastor and voiceover actor. Several years ago, God spoke to my heart that I was to be a ‘Creative Mouthpiece for Positive Life Change’. In short, I love encouraging others to live awesome lives.

Website: http://www.stupendousmarriage.com/

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