My point? Las Vegas is what you make of it. You can choose to see the half-naked women and the billboards with just-about-pornography on them. You can choose to see the people who are partying too hard and gambling too much. You can choose to see the alcohol and probably drugs that you can find at every turn. You can also choose to see the glitz and glitter and fun. You can see the bright lights. You can even see Elvis if you pay attention! Las Vegas is what you make of it. It can be a family-friendly place where you can have fun seeing shows and riding roller coasters. It can also be a dreadful place where you wouldn’t dream of taking your family. Either way, you are right. It’s all in what you see.
Isn’t that just like life? It’s all in what you see. Whether you think you are cursed or blessed, you are right! Allow me to tell you a story….
Susan woke up at 6:15 because her alarm did not go off at 5:45 like it was supposed to. She rushed around, got the girls up and fixed her cup of coffee. She spilled the coffee on the white shirt she had planned on wearing, so she changed into a blue shirt. Her daughters wouldn’t get off the couch to get ready for school, so she had to sit by them and fix their hair as they sat in a stupor. Finally, she got them out the door and dropped them off at school. Molly forgot to kiss her goodbye but turned and blew her mom a kiss just before she went inside. Susan blew a kiss back and drove toward work. There was a terrible accident on the way, so her chance of being somewhat on time went right out the window. By the time she got to work, she was fifteen minutes late. She had just sat down at her desk when her friend Tina came by. “How was your morning?” Tina asked.
So, how did Susan answer her? It could have gone two ways….
“Well, girl. Let me tell you. My stupid alarm didn’t go off this morning, and I woke up late. The girls wouldn’t get going and I had to prod them along. I thought I was going to have to give Molly a cup of coffee to get her going! Last time I did that, her kindergarten teacher said that was not a good idea, but I just don’t know what else to do! I spilled coffee on my shirt and had to change to this one. That shirt is probably ruined now. When I got the girls to school, Molly didn’t even kiss me goodbye. Seriously. After all I do for her, and she can’t even stop and kiss me? Then, when I left, I had to sit in traffic FOR-ever! There was this terrible accident, and I thought they’d never get that woman into the ambulance. I mean, didn’t they know people had to get to work? I was fifteen minutes late to work, and I just know the rest of my day is going to run late now!”
“Oh, honey. Let me tell you! My alarm didn’t go off, but luckily, the neighbor’s dog woke me up. The girls had a hard time getting started, but it gave me a little extra cuddle time on the couch as I fixed their hair. I just love the smell of my babies in the morning! I spilled coffee on my shirt, so I had to change. Do you know I’ve had 3 compliments on this shirt already? Thanks to the coffee, I am looking fabulous! When I dropped Molly off, the poor thing was so busy rushing that she didn’t even kiss me, but she remembered to look back and blow me a kiss. That just touched my heart! She is such a sweet baby! There was a terrible accident on my way here. I am so thankful my alarm did not go off on time, or I could have been in that accident. I just pray that the lady who left in the ambulance is okay, and I am so thankful for those paramedics being there to help her! I was only fifteen minutes late even though the accident was so serious. Today is going to be great. I have already been so blessed!”
It’s all in what you see. What are you seeing today? Are you focusing on the good or focusing on the bad? Today, I’m going to choose to focus on the good. Viva Las Vegas! -Al