Special Needs Dad 365

Hot Sauce and Hope
I add hot sauce to many of the foods I eat from eggs, to mac and cheese, to pizza, to tacos. Hailey and Allison think I'm ruining the flavor but my argument is that I'm bringing out the flavor much like salt and pepper does. A little spice is nice! Sometimes I chose the really hot stuff that causes sweat on the forehead, upper lip, and back of the neck. More of a challenge than anything but I like a good challenge.

In some ways, I think about hot sauce like hope. I try to add some to areas of my life whenever I can. Hope isn’t just wishing and praying for something to happen. It’s a state of mind, it’s positivity, it’s optimism. It’s seeing the good in people. It’s believing that whatever one is going through, it will get better. It’s knowing that we are not alone in our struggles, whatever they may be, and that life will get better.

Sometimes, that state of mind is really difficult to maintain. We see things and people that frustrate us. We deal with persistent and chronic health issues that never seem to get better. We have difficult situations at work that seem to bleed from one day to the next. It’s easy to become bogged down in negativity and the weight of life. I have certainly been there since Hailey and Livy were born. I can’t tell you the number of times when it would have been easier to give up. But I have learned one phrase that gets me through all of it...Just add hope. Look at a problem with an upbeat and fresh approach. Believe that it will get better. Find something that lights up the world, even if just a small amount, that can get more luminous as it grows.

I find that when I add hot sauce, it brings my food to life. I find that when I add hope, it brings life to just about everything. While I’m not suggesting to go out, buy some hot sauce, and douse every meal, I am saying next time you are having a bad day, believe that tomorrow will be brighter. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Add some spice to a relationship or a problem and take a new approach. Pour on some positivity and change your state of mind. A few drops of hope and an open mind is often all you need.