It was a simple ask; clean your room before dad gets back. I was recording an episode of Fatherhood Wide Open, which gave her an hour to get it done. She understood, or so she said; and as I turned toward the basement she reached for the remote.
There’s a saying I routinely use on my kids and employees, ‘Perception is reality.’ In other words, how someone sees the world is how the world really is, at least to them, and whose reality everyone else must cope. Granted, that perception might be distorted or entirely wrong, but it’s real until that perception is changed.
It’s natural to look for silver linings. To search out the tiniest good in what seems an ocean of hopelessness is evidence of God’s handiwork in our very humanity. That is a wonderful thing; without it would make for a miserable existence.