Last week my two year old granddaughter Anna met me at the back door. It had been a long and stressful day –unreasonable customers; blundering suppliers; disgruntled employees; disappointing profit margins; idiot commuters; and me! Me: all serious and angry and full of spite. And Anna: all smiles and giggles and full of joy. I hadn’t even entered the house and she was there jumping up and down; excited and happy to see me. What had I done to deserve such a welcome? It didn’t matter. Before I could scoop her up in my arms she asked me, “Pawpaw, you wanna put your play clothes on?” Those words were music to my ears!
Who wouldn’t want to drop EVERYTHING (bad mood, shitty day, lousy traffic) and put their play clothes on? Anna and I then ran to my room and while I changed my clothes something magical happened – I changed; I really changed. I felt better instantly! Anna didn’t care about profits or schedules or developmental deals. She just wanted to play with her Pawpaw. And so we did!
I shed more than my business attire when I put on my play clothes. I let go of my day. And I was able to focus on what was really important – my loved ones. I listened (really listened) to Anna. She had so much to tell me about what she and her Nana had done that day. And her happiness was contagious. Soon I was happy, too. I guess it took putting on my play clothes to see through the eyes of a two year old. I thanked God right then and there for sending this little angel into my life. Maybe she knew what I needed – when I couldn’t see it myself.
We went outside and watered flowers and she drank from the garden hose – which is very exotic when you’re a two year old. We played with the dogs. We laughed. We ran around the backyard. I got lots of kisses and hugs (and returned the favor, too). And she told me that she loved me for no apparent reason. What a difference a change of clothes makes! It was really nothing remarkable, just simple fun with my granddaughter – which is what made it so special.
So the next time you’re having a lousy day and your world is a little more than you can handle, I recommend that you “put your play clothes on”. I’m willing to bet that you will change more than your clothes.