I had an ice cream cone for the first time in a long time.
It was worth the mess.
Life is funny that way.
At first, I questioned the idea of buying an ice cream cone.
What if I can’t find a place to clean my hands? I’ll have to walk around with sticky hands? It’s so uncomfortable. What if I have to shake someones hand? They’d tell everyone they knew and I’d be known as sticky fingers for life!
I was boarding the thought-train again, but this time I caught myself before I went off the deep end. Who cares, just let it be.
I decided to let go of the way I wanted things to be and open up to the way they were.
Because the fact is, most of the things we treasure in life come with a little bit of stickiness.
Your dog gets on your nerves once in a while. Sometimes your best friend is annoying. Summer is great, but August is too hot.
Nothing is ever just right.
But we don’t have to let inconveniences get in the way of joyful experiences. We can instead, shift our effort towards trying to become comfortable with imperfection.
Freedom comes when we accept that nothing will ever be “perfect”. We’re professionals at picking out 1 or 2 things that could have been better.
Lets compassionately give that style of thinking a rest. Don’t force it to go, just refrain from adding to it.
I was on the fast track toward making that dipped ice cream cone a disaster, but the story in my head was making things worse than they really were.
We’re allowed to enjoy life and everything that comes with it.
Just be happy with the ice cream cone and worry about cleaning up the mess later.
It’ll all work out in the end.