I heard an interesting thought yesterday. In essence, it was this… that which has filled our cup, is what will spill out when we hit life’s bumps in the road.
I thought about my week. I definitely hit some bumps in the road. Even though I’m traveling familiar streets, I faced pot holes the size of small craters. They came out of nowhere. They weren’t there the last few times I drove down that road. Yet here I was, faced with possible damage, as I decided how to best avoid knocking my life, heart and attitude out of alignment. I tried not to swerve sharply, as I didn’t want to harm anyone else in the process.
The fact of the matter is, life hands us all sorts of things that we didn’t order. Sometimes they provide a feast of flavors. Other times they are hard to stomach. Sometimes they’re hotter than we’d ever think we could handle; sometimes they’re colder than anything we think we could bear. And the only thing we can do about any of it, is decide how we’re going to respond.
It has been said that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. That’s generally what happens when we hit those bumps in the road. There is no time to sift out what you’d like others to see or not see. What spills out is what it is. It is what we have put in there. What have I filled my heart and mind with? What have I read? What have I watched? Who have I surrounded myself with and what is flowing from their lives?
Sometimes, it is what we have added to what we’ve been given that makes the difference. I am not a big coffee drinker. If I do have a cup, I add some (ok, quite a bit of) creamer (ok, extremely sweet Vanilla Caramel or Chocolate Raspberry creamer) to make it so that I can enjoy it. We have to do that with life too. I can sit around and complain about how bitter this brew is, or I can add what I need to in order to enjoy this cup I’ve been given.
As you navigate the roads of your life, you may be seeing that stormy weather has created pot holes all around you. On the other hand, you may be on a vacation filled with sunshine and smooth sailing. Whatever you encounter along the way, just know that how we respond to our circumstances can be the difference between surviving and thriving. As for me, I will continue to add the chocolate raspberry creamer, drive a little slower on the rough roads, and do the best that I can with the rest.