We have all wanted that large box of crayons. You know the one I’m talking about! You have a silly grin on your face just thinking about that totally cool crayon sharpener in the back of the box. You begged your mom to get you that box even though the supply list only called for the 24 pack.
While I would love to reminisce about all of the neat and simplistic things that we thought were so neat, you know like the pens and erasers you traded, I won’t do it as I tend to get off topic really easily.
So, back to the box of crayons. No matter how large or small the box, there is a brown crayon in every one of them. Who cares – right? There is a red, blue, black, green, yellow, purple and white crayon in there too. Yes indeed there is, but no crayon bears such a connotation like the brown crayon. Drab, boring, lacking beauty, muddy, dull, and blah have been used to describe brown crayons. Nobody ever picks the brown crayon first.
Why is this relevant?
Well you see, I feel I have slipped into the wrapper of a brown crayon. Argh! As my daughters were finishing their strawberries last night, they were laughing and being silly. Without thinking, I quickly said, “Stop laughing and finish.” Why is that? Why don’t I enjoy the laughter and giggles. That should be the best sound of the day for me. Instead I focus on the next task and what is left to accomplish for the night. Is there such a thing as being too focused and structured? Clearly…yes! This is just one minute example of my daily brown crayon actions. I know what I must do, I must strive to get out of that slim, little, brown wrapper and dress myself in yellow. There is no time like the present to color my world and enjoy life! Perhaps I might even improve so much that I could be the awesome sharpener in the back!