A thimble of rotting potato

I recently noticed a strange stench in our kitchen.

It was emanating from a bag of potatoes we bought home from the supermarket. At first, I ignored the stench hoping that it would go away.

When I woke up a couple of days later, I couldn’t step into the kitchen – the smell had turned unbearable. I opened up the bag and noticed a tiny piece of potato – the size of my thimble – rotting inside. I quickly discarded that piece and stowed away the rest. In a couple of hours the smell vanished.

Our most pressing problems usually have a tiny source that can be surgically addressed. Our reluctance to confront that source often lets it fester until the situation turns unbearable.

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