This morning as I sleepily stumbled my way to my refrigerator to find the soy milk that I routinely splash in my coffee, I was disappointed as I remembered that I had used the last of it earlier in the week. Well that stinks I thought as I pulled the almond milk out of the fridge which I had reluctantly purchased last week because Wal Mart’s shelves were soy milkless. I guess this will do I poutily mumbled to myself as I added my usual splash to my favorite red Starbucks mug. Sitting down at the kitchen table after I had finished preparing my oatmeal, I took the first sip of my coffee expecting to have that Hmm, hmm good moment, but I didn’t. In its place was a I’m never doing that again moment as my beloved coffee tasted bad.
Making a mental note to never add almond milk to my coffee ever again, I decided to make this failed barista attempt into a life lesson. Here’s what I came up with…sometimes in life it’s easy to get comfortable. It’s easy to eat the same breakfast, drive the same route to work, have the same after work routine, etc. But what happens to us when our comfortable routine requires us to change something? When we run out of our favorite breakfast cereal, when our usual route to work is under road construction, or when our favorite television program is on a week hiatus? What emotions do we experience? Annoyance? Frustration? I know for me – someone who is incredibly ritualistic – changing up my routine can be difficult. As much as I like to think that I can go with the flow, sometimes change is hard. Really hard. So what can we do to make these situations not so hard? Think before we react. Take a second to evaluate the situation before getting annoyed. Squeeze a stress ball. Talk to somebody. Pray!
So for the sake of brevity, when life gives you almond milk, try to make the best of it!