This year I conducted a little experiment. I wanted to see if I could rekindle the concept of appreciation by changing something that my family values tremendously. I moved the trash can. It’s funny how many times you use the trash can and rely on the fact that it is always in the same place. It’s steady and dependable, always there to handle whatever you give it. My family didn’t wake up on that fateful morning and say, “I am so thankful I have a trash can in the kitchen to hold all my smelly trash.”
Once it was moved I heard comments like, “Mom, do you realize how many times I use that trash can?” “Why did you move it there? It’s always been right here by the table.” “Are you feeling OK, Mom?” There were the countless times something was thrown from across the room only to land in a pile on the floor. What we had come to rely on without a second thought was suddenly gone.
Interestingly, our visitors that day weren’t aware that anything was different. Their question about the trash can’s whereabouts had nothing to do with the fact that the trash can had been moved–only that they didn’t know where to find it. Being new to the surroundings, they weren’t aware of the events that determined its placement–only that they needed it and wanted to know how to benefit from its usefulness. It was with great enthusiasm that my family shared with our guests how wonderful having a trash can in the kitchen can be. They told of the effort it took to find the trash can each time they had something to throw away. I found it to be quite comical, I must admit, because I moved it several times. When my family asked me what was going on, I was able to share my desire for our family to find value and importance in the things we take for granted.
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