What You Do With Trash
My daughter is ten years old. One afternoon about a month ago she was bored, like ten-year-olds claim to be.
We were sitting at the dining room table and there was an old candle between us. I’d been meaning to throw that darn candle in the trash. It had lost its use.
Anyway, as my daughter was trying to figure what to do, she decided to play with fire, which is always a stellar way to burn away childhood boredom. She began melting the remaining wax from that old candle and then had the idea to mold it into something new.
“Yeah, that’s not going to work out so well,” I said to her, mostly because I saw a future in which I was scraping wax off our dining room table.
“Sure it will,” she replied in her all-knowing way.
As it turns out, she was right. Her candle upcycling experiment actually worked. She made a candle and, dare I say, it was pretty darn good.
So she got more wax and made more candles. And then the next day she decided to try and sell the candles out in front of our house.
As it happens, people loved the candles and she sold them all really quickly.
We are now one month later and she’s selling candles like hotcakes. She makes candles every night after doing her homework and has even recruited a schoolmate as her first employee.
Here’s my point, that original candle was trash. I was going to throw it away.
But one person’s trash is another’s treasure.
It’s not about what you have in life, it’s about what you do with it.
And that’s where your choice comes in.