Yesterday, we were sitting in the car while Irving ran in to the post office and we saw a bird’s nest in the post office light.
At first glance, all the kids thought it was a terrible idea for a bird to build a nest in that particular location. I pointed out that it was pouring rain . . . but the nest was still dry. They decided that it might not be such a bad idea to build a nest under a roof.
From there, the ideas began to flow!
“The lightbulb might keep the babies warm at night, when the mama has to find food.”
“Well, they’ll ALWAYS find their nest at night because it has a light!”
“There are bars on the side so the eggs can’t roll out and the babies will stay in.”
“I bet lots of people drop food on the street that they can eat.”
“The big roof is good, but the light has a roof, too. The birds will NEVER get wet!”
I found it fascinating to watch the process of going from “what a terrible idea” to “that’s a great spot!”
It also made me think that we need to use this skill in our everyday lives. How often do we think of things in a negative light? I know I’m quite the pessimist (well, I consider myself a realist, but that’s a whole other blog post)!
I think I’m going to try and apply this positive twist thinking to other areas of my life.