It’s been two days since we have arrived back from our 2 week vacation….it’s sad to say that it already seems so long ago and we are already to go on another vacation…but I am afraid we are all going to have to wait approximately another 770 days (the countdown is already on!)
We have all jumped back into our responsibilites – Mom and Dad are at work…and the boys are at school with only a few weeks left till they will be free!! (almost like another two month vacation) I haven’t had a great deal of time to evaluate our trip – I most definitely enjoyed our time away – but I like to return with life lessons under my belt…let me share a few from Disney:
1. The Happiest Place on Earth?
Disney has definitly sold the unassuming masses that it is “the happiest place on earth”. There is no question that as you enter the main gates and head down Main Street…there is this incredible excitement and anticipation that is often difficult to describe. But as you make your way through each section of the park and you spend hours waiting in lines and pay 7 dollars for a drink and another 10 for a turkey leg…people’s perpectives begin to change.
It was interesting standing in the lines and eavesdropping (unitentionally of course!) in on people’s conversations. I heard and experienced alot of negative attitudes and criticism’s not just about the wait times and prices…but everything under the sun! I admit I was just as guilty as those around me….standing in the hot sun and waiting for an hour to get into Indiana Jones was driving me nuts…add a 7 year old son who is climbing everything there is to climb, complaining that he is hungry and bored – I wasn’t convinced this truly is the most happiest place on earth. These questions quickly entered my thought thought patterns..
What really makes a place the happiest place? Is it the actual place? is it the experiences? or is it the memories that are made and the people you are with? I’d be interested to know your thoughts or insights…
2. Sparkly Clean
Everytime I’m there …I can’t get over how clean and sterile it is. We over heard one of the park attendants saying. “everynight every garbage can is not just cleaned but powerwashed inside and out…and every railing is powerwashed and sanitized.” that’s amazing…we were sitting down for a bite to eat in California Adventure and a few pieces of onion had dropped from my delicious italian sausage…before I could even bend over to pick them up…this guy in bright shiny gleaming white clothes was there to scoop them up (I almost asked him if he was open to moving to Canada…he’d come in really handy at our house).
So what did I learn from this…it’s a big leap..but I thought to myself – wouldn’t it be great if we could deal with the messes in our lives as quickly as the Disney staff deals with the messes in their amusement park. I can’t even begin to count the number of times in the past 18 years of ministry where I have seen the messyness of people’s situations turn into an unbearable circumstance. The sad part is that if they had been willing to seek help or swallow their pride right at that moment of “messyness”…many of those relationships might have been saved and reconciliation could have won out.