How’s that for imagery?
Well, my friend went on to say how he learned a valuable lesson from his child’s happy response to adversity.
Now I know the imagery of this story is less than appealing, especially to those of you without kids. But, this story really does teach us grown-ups a valuable lesson if you ask me.
My friend’s child obviously felt bad or they wouldn’t have been throwing up… yet they smiled. So no matter how bad your day, week, month, or year has been try to smile more. It can’t hurt.
Likewise even though this poor child’s tummy obviously felt terrible… they looked up at their Daddy and laughed.
In other words, quit being so serious all the time. When you’re running your next kaizen event or teaching your next class or spending time with your family… loosen up and laugh. It’s not so hard. Oh, and it’ll also help you smile more.
And, no, I won’t attempt to tie in how the blow-out diaper can help us be better people.
But I will say that the next time life throws you some lemons perhaps you can replay this story in your mind as you twist those face muscles of yours ever so slightly… and smile.
Come on. Let’s try it. Smile. Come on… you can do it. Now give me a little smile. That’s better. Now laugh. See? It works doesn’t it?