You Mean Not Everyone Wants A Bedazzled Fridge?
by Hannah Keeley
When I had the hot glue gun this weekend putting plastic rhinestones all over my fridge, my kids (especially my boys) asked me, “Mom, WHY are you bedazzling the fridge?” Well, the question isn’t “Why.”
The question is…
Yeah, I know it doesn’t make sense. I know it’s a bit weird (okay, a LOT weird). I mean, a bedazzled fridge? What next–shave the dog and give him tattoos? Hmmm…..
But, I want you Mamas to realize something here. And, no, I’m not going to start preaching that everyone should bedazzle their fridge. But, sometimes, we just need to quit asking, “Why?” Instead, we need to begin asking, “Why Not?”
Kids are great at asking, “Why not?”–
“I don’t have a shirt on. I have a permanent marker. WHY NOT draw hair all over my chest?”
“I have a sled in the house. There is a staircase. WHY NOT try to sled down the stairs?”
“There’s a shovel. Here’s the ground. WHY NOT try to dig the biggest hole in the world?”
“I have scissors. I have hair. WHY NOT give myself a haircut?”
My kids have tried all these things and a LOT more. But, this is what I want to share with you today. Our first response, whenever our kids want to try something like this, is to ask, “Why?” Adults have the tendency to apply a constraint to the imagination because logic and creativity don’t always go hand in hand. One of the reasons many innovative businesses have been so successful is that they are good at asking, “Why not?”
“WHY NOT put a computer in the palm of your hand?”
“WHY NOT put wheels on the bottoms of sneakers?”
“WHY NOT make cars that break automatically?
A sock company called, “LittleMissMatched” bases their whole premise on mismatched socks! And it’s successful! Instead of griping about socks not matching, they mismatch them on purpose. They asked the famous question, “Why Not?” Now they have stores all over the place!
Asking “Why not” is only for those who can see beyond convention. It’s a question for those who are not confined by the restrictions of “what is,” but instead imagine, “what could be.”
When Henry Ford was asked about his innovative techniques, his reply was, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” It’s not about seeking approval, and it’s not about always giving people what they want. Because most of the time, they have no idea what that is.. It’s about following your gut. And, sometimes, the biggest challenges that God puts before you are the ones that are going to test you in every way you could imagine. It will never fit in. It will always push you beyond your limits. And it will keep bugging you until you finally ask, “Why not?” and then take that bold step forward.
Now it’s time for moms to catch on to what kids already know. Lighten up and live a little. You don’t need to warm up that glue gun and bedazzle your fridge. But please start asking, “Why not?” And when you start catching yourself asking your kids, yourself, or God, “Why?” Think twice. A breakthrough may be just around the corner (Plus…permanent marker comes off with a little lemon oil).
Now it’s your turn! Comment below and tell me what you are going to say “WHY NOT” to today! Maybe it’s a project you’ve been putting off, perhaps it’s something crazy one of the kids wants to do, or maybe it’s something challenging that God has been building in your heart. Tell me what you’re going to say “Why not” to!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
Check out Hannah’s Website Here!