I went for a walk the other evening with my 8-year old daughter. For whatever reason I was thinking about frustrations at work and wasn't having a "quality moment" with her...just walking. I felt short tempered and was ready to get back to the house.
She on the other hand was skipping along, not a worry in the world. Smile on her face and happy for no reason at all. Happy to be with her Dad.
As we walked, she reached down into a neighbors yard and picked a dandelion. This wasn't the yellow flower dandelion, but rather, the "seed distributor" dandelion. You know what I'm talking about, it's the kind that when the wind blows, it distributes the dandelion seeds all over the yard.
When she picked it, I knew what was next...she would blow the seeds all over the neighbors yard...and then they would have more dandelions!
I was just about to shout, "Don't blow those seeds all over..." but something stopped me.
Just as I forecasted, she took a deep breath, brought the seed pod up to her face and seeds flew everywhere. I flashed a moment of agitation and prepped to explain what she had done...explain that the neighbors were going to have dandelions all over their yard now. But before I could say anything she looked up at me and exclaimed, "now I get my wish Daddy!"
My heart softened, a smile came across my face, I gave her a little hug and said, "you sure do!" We finished the walk, hand-in-hand and I was thankful for her...and the reminder to ignore the insignificant and embrace the meaningful.