After a tough week, I often stop at the local grocery store to get a cream-filled doughnut.
That little treat then carries the burden of becoming a much-needed feel-good calorie-laden indulgence.
I mean, who can’t feel a bit better in the presence of a cream-filled doughnut?
Unfortunately, the ones I got yesterday were long past their sell-by dates.
Of course, they still looked pretty good in the shop.
But looks can be deceiving!
One bite told me that something was amiss!
For one thing, the cream tasted sour.
That’s when I looked at the sell-by date.
Yep, they were old!
If I had received those doughnuts during my days in the military, I would’ve scoffed them, but I suppose with age, my expectations about treats also adapted somewhat.
Be grateful, under all circumstances, for what you are about to receive─ but don’t convince yourself you need to eat everything that quietly shuffled past its expiry date!
So what’s the takeaway?
The store should’ve removed the old food from the shelves, but they didn’t.
I could’ve checked the label for freshness, but I didn’t.
I could’ve rushed back to the store with indignance and throw it onto the counter with irate purpose─ rubbing their noses in their gross neglect, but I didn’t.
Who knows what could’ve recently transpired in the life of the person who should’ve checked the labels but didn’t.
Within these small scenarios that don’t work out for us, we can gain perspective instead of general dissatisfaction with the universe.
Perspective and logic tell me that I had enough money to buy a luxury, even though I didn’t need it.
There’s no need to make a fuss about a small loss. I didn’t buy a car, a house or an expensive computer.
Choose your battles.
And learn to look at labels.
Positivity not only resides in the enjoyment of the small things─ but also in how we manage small disappointments.
Small disappointments tend to have an accrual effect.
It adds up in the end.
There’s a reason why Solomon mentioned the little foxes that tend to destroy a vineyard.
If a bit of vigilance can help preserve happiness about the small things, then do it.
Read the labels.
Sort out the small grievances.
See them for what they are.
What we can do in the future is more practical than blaming others for what they didn’t do.