Okay, I’ll admit this is a stretch of a “post” (sorry Kellogg’s!), but I’m inspired to write about it, so I’m silencing my inner editor and rolling with it.
It was a glorious two-hour-delay this past Tuesday, thanks to a Presidential sleet storm. I was able to get up with my 3 1/2 year old son and enjoy breakfast with him. When I asked him what he wanted to eat, he said,
I looked at him with what must have been a strange look on my face, because he laughed and then pointed to the kitchen counter and said again,
My gaze followed the direction of his index finger, and there it was:
Cute, right? But there’s (yet another) metaphor I discovered in this box of cereal.
The Kellogg brothers are steeped in some pretty wild history. Long story short, they ran a sanitarium and created food items they believed controlled certain behaviors which contributed to poor mental health.
One day, they had an error with smashed wheat and flakes were born. They tried with corn, and the sunny yellow cereal hatched forth.
They were sold at first to their former patients. The brothers then had a nasty legal battle, the one got the rights to the flakes, added sugar (ironically) and made Kellogg’s Corn Flakes one of the best selling cereals of all time.
Where’re the lessons to be learned?
- Sometimes, good things can come from a mistake.
- Sometimes, you have to trust your gut and go on your own.
- Sometimes, wanting to help people with their mental health issues has its rewards.
They’re also comparatively low in sugar and can be used in a variety of ways.
Make the #153Promise to always see the world in a different, positive light- and remind your children of this approach, as well. What a perfect time to remind yourself of this promise at breakfast- the most important meal of the day.
So put a box of the famous “Chicken Cereal” on the kitchen counter — whether or not you actually eat them — to serve as a reminder that sometimes, life can have some unexpected pleasant surprises.