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How my Dad turned me into milk. (I got better.)
May 8, 2015
When I was almost 5, my Dad delivered milk for the local dairy. Sometimes Dad would take me with him on early morning trips in his big milk truck.
Once, he brought me to tour the plant where the milk was bottled. He introduced me proudly to his coworkers as I scuffled along holding his hand. We stopped in front of a large door, where strips of heavy plastic held back puffs of chilly air. Dad deposited me in a metal milk crate, on a moving floor in front of this creepy door. In a very serious voice, he said, "I'm sending you on a tour. Hold on tight. Don't get out of the crate. I'll meet you at the end."
"BUT," he said, "and this part is VERY IMPORTANT: When you see Jim, the loading guy, make sure you tell him you are not milk, so he won't put you on the truck and ship you by mistake."
Well, my four year old brain took this advice very seriously. I sat still as a corpse, hung on tight, and practiced what I would say to Jim. "I'm not milk. I'm not milk. I'm not milk...." I repeated over and over. I barely noticed all the fascinating bottling gizmos in the area nearby, or the full crates of milk bumping along on either side of me in the refridgerated air. With every second, my anxiety grew. I focused on my mantra; "I'm not milk...I'm not milk...."
Finally, around the last corner, I caught a glance of Jim in the distance. He made eye contact and smiled. So I began waving my arms and shrieking at the top of my lungs, "I'M NOT MILK! I'M NOT MILK! I AM NOT MIIIIIIIIIIILK!"
I trusted my Dad so implicitly and internalized his instructions so strongly that it was YEARS before it occurred to me that OF COURSE JIM KNEW ALL ALONG I WASN'T MILK.
The moral of my tale: Sometimes we need to challenge our perceptions of "the way it is." Are there other, more helpful ways to interpret reality?
Are we allowing ourselves to remain stuck, citing "rules" we grew up with that are no longer applicable?
Challenge these ideas. Look at them through a fresh lens. Who knows what new opportunities you'll see?
Joy, love, and Milkshakes,
Now it's your turn:
What old "truths" are no longer serving you? What new, more positive thoughts can you replace these with today and in the future?