Turn on the Light

While washing the dishes today, I was straining to see if the dishes were clean. Finally after squinting through a couple rinses my daughter came in the kitchen to make herself a snack while telling me about her day. When I looked at her to listen to what she had to say, that’s when I realized the light wasn’t on over the sink. Once my daughter turned on the light, I could see everything more clearly.

How can we look at life with this silliness?

Sometimes we’re straining and struggling to see in an environment where the fix is something as simple as flipping a switch. First let’s note how it would have been a waste of energy to blame my own poor vision. So often we jump to attacking ourselves rather than the environment we’re in.

In this situation, taking my attention away from the task at hand is what ignited my realization. It wasn’t just some annoying distraction, it was my daughter who is a priority over the dishes. I want to hear what she has to say. So it was easy for me to disregard that task for a moment. So let’s think about this. It was a combination of my priorities and my daughter simply being herself that prompted me to realize my problem. She wasn’t there to solve the problem. I didn’t ask her how to solve the problem, the answer came to me naturally.

Maybe the way to realization is as simple as maintaining your values and priorates while inviting loved ones to just be themselves in your presence.

It might not solve everything but at least you’ll have someone there to listen to.

Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

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