I remember a time many years ago when my girls were young. It was a very cold, windy, snowy day and they were home from school. I wanted to do something fun and different so we decided to make snow cream. We mixed up some sugar, whipped cream and vanilla and then it was time to add the snow. My oldest daughter went outside to find the cleanest, purest snow she could as my youngest daughter and I watched from the window all cozy and warm. She collected the snow and as we began mixing it in with the other ingredients we started to see little specks of dirt show up. I tried my best to get all the dirt out but when we started to eat the snow cream we quickly noticed the dirt was still there. We decided at that point that we didn’t want to eat dirty snow cream so we gave up and rinsed it down the drain.
This made me start to think about our lives.We wake up every day with an idea of what the perfect day would look and feel like. Imagine with me for a second…You wake up to the sun shining. The family goes off to work and school on time with no arguing. You drive to Starbucks where there is no line and someone even buys you a latte. There is no traffic on your way to work and everyone greets you with a smile. You go throughout your day and receive compliments and praise until you end the evening back at home where your house is clean and dinner is made. Fun to think about, right?
OK, now back to reality. We know that our days are not always like that, are they? Many times little specks of dirt enter into our perfect “snow cream of a day”. It could be a rude comment, an argument with a co-worker, an unexpected large bill and the list goes on and on. Think about this… how do you react when those things come your way? What do you choose to do with them? We might complain, treat people poorly or just give up on the day all together. But we have a choice in those moments to change our thoughts and not allow those everyday “dirty” things to ruin our day.
Sir Winston Churchill said “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
When we choose negativity it leaves a heavy feeling and we burden ourselves and those around us. When we allow our negativity to change our viewpoint, it becomes our filter for everything and we lose our joy and peace. But we can choose to be positive and when we do it opens the door for many opportunities and blessings in our lives.
As I attempted to eat the snow cream that cold, snowy day and saw the pieces of dirt, I wondered what those little pieces of dirt would taste like? I wonder the same thing about our lives? If we change our thoughts, it just might change our perspective and we may learn something valuable or have an opportunity to impact someone in an amazing way!
Who knows? Those little specks of dirt just might add some flavor!