When adversity strikes, I often will say to myself, “Okay, what have we learned from this?” I happen to believe there is a lesson in everything.
I’ve got the grill fired up. Gettin’ my grill on. Got me some chicken kabobs and a couple of burgers going on the grill. It’s smelling good. I’m smiling to myself, thinking about how much I’m going to enjoy my kabob.
POOF. pause. POOF again.
It’s a noise I haven’t heard before while grilling. I ponder it. Bend down, do a little examination of the grill. Suddenly it dawns on me:
I’ve run out of gas.
As I watch the temperature slowly decline on my little temperature gauge, (love that feature on my grill, by the way. Thanks, Kenmore.) I hang my head. What to do?
I have two choices:
1. Take my kabobs inside and figure out a way of cooking them to make them taste good NOT grilled.
2. Unhook the propane tank and road trip it to Wal Mart for the old propane tank exchange.
Either way, I’ve got to stop midstream and change my plan. My apple cart has officially been upset.
I choose option 2. I decide I just can’t make my kabob taste good any other way. Thankfully, I live very close to Wally world. And it isn’t a HUGE inconvenience. But it is certainly annoying and it is cutting in to my evening and delaying my kabob enjoyment. To make a long story short, I get to Wally world, trade in my tank and get back home all in less than 25 minutes. Get that bad boy hooked on and I’m good to go. Back to cheffin’ up my kabob. (I like that word kabob. Kabob. Kabob. Kabob.)
So it begs the question, what have we learned here? Besides the fact that I like to say kabob. 😀
Have we stretched our patience a bit? Maybe. Have we learned to be a better boy scout by being prepared? Probably. Have we gotten a little lesson in inconvenience vs. real adversity? Sure. Delayed gratification? Definitely. To let the small stuff be small stuff and not let an inconvenience get you down? Uh huh.
But, I think the most important thing I learned is that I make good decisions. Grilled was most definitely the way to go. 🙂
“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.” ~Robert Fulghum
“How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?” ~Paul Sweeney