Kids can dazzle us, saying the most amazing things! Don’t you just love it when we’re shown how to live by them! Those of you with kids know exactly what I’m talking about.
Molly, my 8 yr. old, is wise beyond her years, and one of the most beautiful gifts I’ve ever known. I’m truly at a loss for words even trying to put together a string of thoughts that would communicate how much I love her. Especially how much I learn from her!
Easter Sunday, my family spent the afternoon at Gran and PawPaw’s house for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Now in order to properly frame this picture for you, imagine 16 grandkids, several acre’s of land, and literally hundreds and hundreds of little plastic pastel colored eggs hidden across the lawn.
Got the image?
So Molly, full of excitement, raced across the lawn, collecting 3 giant basketfuls of those little plastic pastel colored eggs! And along the way, she taught me something. Ok more like reminded me of something but nonetheless it was awesome.
She reminded me that Life Is Hard.
And as I began to think thru what I had witnessed, it became clear that there was a significant life lesson right in front of me. I saw 3 things clearly emerge from Molly’s experience of hunting for Easter Eggs, that we all need to be reminded of, if we are going to be successful.
- There’s probably going to be some pain involved.
- We will have to persevere.
- Rarely does success look like what we think it does.
There’s probably going to be some pain involved.
It wasn’t more than 3 minutes after the hunt had begun, did Molly start to complain about her back and legs hurting from the running and bending down, over and over again to pick up those eggs. I laughed and just encouraged her to look at all those eggs that were still out there.
Its going to require perseverance.
Then with the hunt only about half way over and the cold and rain-soaked grass taking its toll, did Molly start saying she wanted to go back inside. Once again I reminded her how many eggs were still out there, especially the “Golden Egg” and invited her to press on.
Rarely does success look like what we think it does.
I love this one, especially because my wife has been saying this a lot lately too. It was only after coming inside, cracking open all those eggs, and counting the money and see all the candy, did she realize that she had collected over $35 in change! She certainly didn’t see that coming!
Isn’t it awesome when something as simple as an Easter Egg Hunt, can remind of us of great things, reframing our perspective along the way.
Here’s a question for you:
How does this life lesson challenge you where you are today?
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