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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Sled Path



It was our 6th snow day of the school year.
We would all be home ... again.
My children revel in the 'free day': Netflix, XBox and a good book.
We don't brush our teeth. We don't get dressed and we certainly don't care.
Every other day we, like most families, are quite active.
Most nights we have places to go, teams to be on, practices to attend.
We do busy well.
But snow days - they just sort feel like nature is forcing us to take a break.
Stop.
Breathe.
Play.
Just be.

I'll admit, I kinda like it.
Yesterday I took the little kids sledding.
We have a great park nearby and we bundled up, anxious to have a little fun.
When we arrived the kids, through no prompting of mine, choose a new hill; a hill untouched by any sled.
Their first slide down didn't go so well.
The snow was unforgiving and the slope slow.
But they kept at it and soon they realized the snow was guiding them and a path was forming.
A path that cut awfully close to a tree stump and bush.

My son sensing an opportunity to create a little drama on the course, scooted down the hill and moved snow to build a curve along the path.
He called for his sister to sled down to see if his new snow mound would divert her away from the dangerous shrubbery.
Hesitant she shoved off.

She missed the trees and giggled at the little bump he created on the path.
My other daughter was anxious to try out the new adventure.
She too came whizzing down, missed the tree, hit the bump, spun around and squealed the rest of the way down.

We were onto something. For the next hour the kids worked together to create ramps, curves and bumps along their sledding path. It was great fun.

Eventually I had to cut off the fun. We were getting too cold. The kids pleaded with me "One more time, pleeeeeeeeease? It's finally a good ride!"

They were right. The first time they slid down it was slow going and difficult. But with a little work and a lot of repetition they turned that hill into a sledder's dream.

Isn't that the way it is?
  • We give up on important relationships too quick, not willing to put in the work.
  • We give something a go and write it off as a bad idea because initially it wasn't worth it.
  • Or how about the times we quit when we find ourselves off the path instead of finding our way back, repairing the breach and making the way better for those coming after us?



I'm not saying we should never quit.

I'm just thinking if we hadn't kept working on that hill on our snow day we would have missed out on a fun time
and I wonder where in my life I've quit too soon and missed a good opportunity as well.

How do you know if you don't keep trying?

Just sayin.

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