I chose "One splinter at a time" as my web address because life is just that: one splinter at a time. Splinters hurt like crazy but they don't kill you (well, not that I know of). Even after you remove the splinter, your finger feels a little sore but there is a sense of relief once it is gone. I think the soreness is a good reminder of what we experienced and overcame: "You made it and you're ok". The funny thing is that you'll get another splinter again no matter how careful you are. How difficult is it to remove the splinter when it is really embedded in your finger ? Oh the drama and the suffering we go through !: "Get the magnifying glass and the tweezers ! I'm dying !" Yes, I'm exaggerating just a little bit.
When we encounter difficult moments in our lives, do we lose our minds or do we try to deal with the "splinters" with patience ? If out of desperation you rush to remove the "splinter(s)", you will only make things worse because the "splinter(s)" may break and then it will be truly difficult to remove.
Being patient and doing things correctly the first time around will enable you to handle circumstances in a much more productive manner. Dealing with things one issue at a time is better than drowning ourselves in every dilemma that life throws at us.