A friend of mine still has her Christmas tree up in her family room. It is a beautifully decorated tree and fits the room just right. You are probably thinking, but it is March already! Yep, the funny thing is, it has been up since Christmas, 2009.
I have grown accustomed to it, but just recently she has had frequent visits from a four year-old and his mom. The four year old didn't blink twice at seeing a Christmas tree in March. He just couldn't figure out why in the world the lights weren't on! Now, every time he is over, he insists that the lights be plugged in. I had to smile when I found that out today. Then, I had to write. Surely there's an analogy in there somewhere, right?
Life gets kind of crazy at times. Circumstances can come our way that are clearly out of place… unwanted, undeserved, not needed… not at all appropriate for the season. We can dwell on how out of place or awkward they may seem or we can turn the light on! What is the best possible light we can see things in? How can we illuminate the situation? Are we wearing the right lenses to see the beauty in it all?
My theory is that children are a lot better than adults at doing this. They often don't know how things are "supposed" to be and so they proceed with wonder and delight. How absolutely delightful to see a Christmas tree in March! The only thing that could make it any better is beautiful lighting to truly show it off! We could take a lesson from children by enjoying the moment, delighting in the now and turning the lights on!
Enjoying Brighter Days With You,