Belabour: (v) to argue or elaborate (a subject) in excessive detail.Dictionary B

Being mousy is always considered a negative profile.

Most folks think that the roar of the lion is preferable to the squeak of the mouse.

But I will tell you this–mice as a whole have an interesting approach to life.

Matter of fact, we had some of them in our house and I was completely unaware of it until one day I noticed that some of the pieces of bread I was taking out of the cupboard had tiny little nibble marks. I don’t know what caused me to focus on this phenomenon, but there was just enough crust missing that I had to ask myself, “What’s going on here?”

I showed the bread to a friend, and he laughed and said, “You got yourself a hungry mouse.”

Grossed out, I dropped the bread and would have run from the room, but pulled up short in order to maintain my masculinity.

So we set some traps, and sure enough, we found some mice.

But I realized that mice have a pretty good system, which keeps them from being recognized for their interventions, thus escaping capture.

They nibble at the corners.

I know that nowadays it is popular to scream in the streets and bang the walls to get attention.

Politicians and preachers belabour us with infinite details of their plans, making sure to punctuate with volume–and even threats.

But the truth of the matter is, when you are as “quiet as a mouse,” you can come in and nibble away at problems and people may not even be aware of your presence … just that when you leave, there’s a little less crustiness.

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