Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…You Just Never Know What You’re Going to Get

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Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…You Just Never Know What You’re Going to Get

 

 

Today I’m going to relate a story about something that just happened this morning but it illustrates a very valuable point. When we see things in a certain way long enough we come to expect that it is just as it appears. After awhile, it’s easy to believe that there’s nothing more to it than meets the eye and we tend to dismiss it almost as soon as we identify it.  This is exactly what happened in this instance.

 

The Drive-by Dryer

This morning, while on his way to work, one of my brothers saw a used clothes dryer at the end of a driveway with a sign taped to the side. He slowed down enough to read the sign.

‘FREE – WORKS GOOD TOO’ was scrawled in crayon. With just one line the previous owner had dealt a blow for marketers the world over. If there’s one thing those of us with Scot’s heritage cannot ignore…its FREE! The ‘works good too’ was just icing on the cake. My brother wasted no time in bringing his truck alongside and then picked up the dryer and loaded it into the back of his pick-up. He thought that the dryer was ridiculously heavy but he is a strong dude and he got it loaded just fine. He joked later with another guy saying that even if it didn’t work, the very worst he could do was to take it to the metal scrap dealer and get a few bucks.

 

Appliance Alley

After work he took it up to the farm where there is a fine collection of assorted appliances all waiting their chance to shine. We have a large extended family so that usually isn’t a long wait.

When he unloaded the dryer he could hear rattling inside. Quite a lot of rattling.  That piqued his curiosity as there usually isn’t a lot of rattling things inside of a clothes dryer. He got our a metal bar and pried the bottom shroud loose and was rewarded when a few coins dropped out.

 

Bonanza

The few was followed by a few more and then more still. By the time I came on the scene he had a baseball hat absolutely stuffed with loonies and toonies and an assortment of smaller change. (Those are one and two dollar coins for my American friends) And there were still more inside they dryer. It was the happiest smile that I’ve seen on his face in years.

 

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

When I left him and headed off on my next task, I began to think to myself. I wonder how many people drove by thinking, just as I myself likely would, that hells bells, it’s just a worn out old dryer that someone wants to get rid of. What a treasure it turned out to be for the guy willing to stop and pick it up. How many other times in life do I and others simply pass by an opportunity just because it doesn’t look like one.

How about the person that I was going to talk to about business and then found a reason not to? Just because they looked a little down on their luck, or maybe they looked way too successful or they wore an odd colour coat. I’m sure I’m not the only person to misjudge other people, situations and opportunities. How about you? How many dryers have you driven past?

Till Next Time…

 

 

 

 

 

 Sigrid McNab

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18 Responses to “Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…You Just Never Know What You’re Going to Get”

  1. Dallas Says:

    I had to read this twice…what in the world are loonies and toonies, I thought..Ah…then I got it!! It like going to a gargae sale and picking up gold earrings for $1.00, to find out when your home that they are solid gold!!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You got it Dallas. There is a little treasure hunter in all of us.

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  2. Steve Says:

    Sigrid – It’s stories like this that bring home the point. Attention to detail. Taking the time to find value in what is, rather than what isn’t… but looking at possibility, not certainty. What strikes me, also, is that your brother was doing this for a higher purpose: to be able to give to someone something of value that they would not have obtained on their own. His effort expended to benefit others.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hey Steve, excellent point. Can you imagine what the world would look like if we could all view it through the filter of possibilities?

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  3. Marquel Russell Says:

    Great Post, Sigrid!

    Life is Definitely Like a Box Of Chocolates and we only get on so why not go for it. We have “Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain!”

    We sometimes prejudge people and that could be that one person that will sky rocket our business and then we go to a company event and there goes that same person working across the stage. Thanks for sharing.

    To Your Infinite Success,
    Marquel Russell

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hey Marquel, you are so right that we all need to stop prejudging people and see the possibility in each one of us….

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  4. Amanda Says:

    How very true. What a great post this is. Our perspective on things really can change in the blink of an eye. Thanks for sharing.

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    You are so welcome Amanda…

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  5. Damayanthi Says:

    What a great story Sigrid… of course life is like a box of chocolates.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Damayanthi

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    Anonymous Reply:

    My pleasure Damayanthi. By the time my nephew and niece had finished counting the money there was $276 not counting the pennies…..

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  6. joel pashkin Says:

    “Things Are Not Always What They Seem” What a great reminder thank you for that one

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    You are so welcome Joel!

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  7. Bill Solano Says:

    You’re correct you should never prejudge. “Those who you think will, won’t! Those who you think won’t, will” is a quote I heard when I first started. Don’t decide for your prospect, as the person may land up being your leader that explodes your team.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hey Bill, you are so right. We don’t know what is happening for people unless we walk a mile in their shoes…

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  8. CEZAR Says:

    Hi Sigrid!

    I love this story! It goes to show that opportunities and little treasures are all around us if we’re willing to take the time to find them. So cool that he found all those “loonies & toonies!” haha! I’ve never heard of those terms.

    Thanks for sharing and for the reminder to always be on the lookout – and to never judge a book by its cover : ) Keep up the great work- your blog is looking great!

    Cezar

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks so much Cezar! So often we just pass these opportunities by without even seeing them. Oh those good old loonies and toonies. Canadian eh!

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  9. Bobbi Doubet Says:

    Sigrid – What a fantastic story and a great reminder that sometimes the biggest blessings and opportunities come in the most unlikely packages!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks Bobbi. you are so right- you just never know…..

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