What have you done lately that didn’t quite turn out how you anticipated? Were you able to make the best of it, or did it ruin your day?
Today, I made a turkey tenderloin in my Crock-Pot. When it was time to eat, I peeked in, and sadly it looked way overcooked. That’s always so disheartening, especially when you’ve planned ahead for a meal and enjoyed the pleasant aroma all day.
I groaned to my husband, who tends to be a little more particular about how meat is cooked than I am. “Well, at least there’s gravy for it,” I commented.
Gravy is one of those things that can make just about anything better. Kind of like bacon. Both of these additions can help rectify all kinds of cooking disasters.
I remember our minister telling a story one time about some tragedy that befell his garage door. Honestly, I don’t remember the details of many sermons over the years, but this story stood out to me. He talked about how frustrated he was and his mind just wanted to focus on the woefulness of the problem. “The reality is, you can’t change the situation. Whether I choose to dwell on it, or not, the garage door remains broken. So, I might as well not expend the energy being angry about it.”
How much energy do you waste bemoaning circumstances you can’t change? I admit, this is an area where I struggle. Yet, it’s freeing to walk away from a mishap or failure, shrug and say, “It is what it is,” and leave it at that.
So, my turkey tenderloin may have not been the best ever, but at least there was gravy to make it go down a little easier. I’m grateful for things that can help me find a silver lining.