Perspective

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“I am not cut out for this!!

As I walked outside to start my truck I was accosted by the brutal, hammer-like blow delivered at the hands of bitter cold and biting wind.

I am not a mountain man and don’t play one on TV. I do not walk around in tee-shirts and shorts when everyone else has on a jacket. In fact I am often times the first one in a jacket. I am the guy who wears a hoodie in his office while writing his blog. (a la right now!)

So walking out the front door to what felt like a blow from Mike Tyson (dating myself here), or whoever the heavyweight champ is now, was not my idea of a great start.

I’ll admit I go around and tell people that what they think determines who they are. I say things like “Whether you have a good day or a bad day depends on what you think when you get out of bed, not what happens during the day.”

So, in all my hypocrisy I let out a sigh that looked like the exhaust from the train on Polar Express.

As I climbed into the cab to start my truck all I could think was how cold my 2 year-old daughter would be. I am super tough and she is just a baby. If I was this cold how would she ever handle this? I made the decision to bundle her up the best I could and run from the warm house to the truck as fast as I could.

I knew the baby was in the giant bundle of cotton and fleece. I could see her peering out at me from beneath the hood of a tiger striped jacket and a stocking cap that lay just below a blanket. The truck should’ve been warm when we got in.

Did you know that all heaters break in the winter and all air conditioning breaks in the summer? 

I believe that there is a physics law that proves this somewhere. It was a man named Murphy who wrote it. I will have to research this later.

I noticed the frost still on the windshield and knew we were in for a rough ride. Buckling a perfectly round ball of moon boots and Hello Kitty pictures in a car seat is not easy with shaking hands and chattering teeth. I was sad that I had put my baby through this. I hoped CPS was not around.

At the height of my pity my baby smiled at me, pointed at the windshield and said one word that changed my thinking. She gave me a new perspective that can only come from a two year old but should be what guides us all. She looked at the spots of frozen moisture on my windshield that represented pain and misery to me and said,

“Flowers!

It was going to be a good day!

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