Entry Submitted by Bewdah at 12:36 PM EDT on May 3, 2017
In the late summer of 2007, I took my family to Disneyland for a 10 day vacation. Note: this is not the best time if you don't like heat.
I made an observation on that trip and I want to share this very short insight with all of you who care deeply about preparing yourself to receive this infinite gift.
While in line for a popular ride, parents and kids were in a very very long line. It's interesting that kids tend to mirror their parents behavior. It was hot...very hot and humid and yet some kids stood there patiently in the slow moving snake of a line until it was their turn. While some kids threw tantrums because they were made to wait. I overheard this one conversation that stuck in my mind.
Kid: MOM! WHEN ARE WE GONNA RIDE (........) RIDE?! I WANNA RIDE NOW!! NOW!!! YOU PROMISED!
Mom: Were here Brad, were just waiting our f...ing turn in this G.. D... line.
Kid: YOU'RE LYING AGAIN! WE'RE NEVER GONNA RIDE!
Mom: Why the f... are they not moving faster up there?! BRAD...JUST SHUT IT!
Then the dad showed up....oh boy. Now I see where little Brad got his attitude from and I wondered how this family felt so entitled. We were gifted fast passes but chose to be in line with everyone else so that we could have the ENTIRE Disneyland experience. I insisted that we endure the line because it would just heighten the appreciation of the final moment (OUR TURN!).
I later seen Brad and his award winning parents being thrown out of the park by security. I don't know what the reason was. I'm still curious. It must have been BAD to actually get thrown out! WOW!
Getting to BE ON the ride, finally, was the blessing. Little Brad finally had his turn and so did my kids. Which ones had prepared their hearts for the height of the experience of the moment. One had gratitude in their hearts while the other had entitlement.
This experience has been a ride too, hasn't it? We are about to have our turn on Space Mountain. Where's your heart?
Heighten the appreciation of your blessing while you can. These feelings will never return...ever...even if you wish them to. You'll look back and see this was your last chance to catapult your spiritual growth. You'll be glad that you earned it or mad that you blew it.
Let's get a hold of the little Brad in all of us and help him to understand the big picture. This is a personal responsibility that only we can take.