We just got back home this week from Maui where Kathy & I celebrated our wedding anniversary. The timing was perfect. We were blessed with sunny skies and warm breezes; it was pretty easy to forget it was December!
As you might know, Hawaii has a rather abundant supply of macadamia nuts. Love ’em! When we walked into Costco (yes, they have a warehouse in Maui, which made us feel right at home) there were palettes stacked high with a multitude of ways to consume that pleasant little nut. Some pretty creative ideas, too.
“Hmmm” I wondered. It was then, I carefully began to search aisle by aisle, pallet by pallet, just to see if by some remarkable chance, an aspiring entrepreneur created the ultimate incentive for brushing one’s teeth three times a day. I’m sure I was there for hours, at least according to my wife.
Lo and behold, after all that canvasing, just as I turned the corner past the papaya shampoos…
The reality struck me. There was not one tube to be found of Macadamia Nut Toothpaste. [Sigh] That was sort of great news. Well, perhaps I could be that guy that brings that nutty treat to the marketplace. Imagine…. all those dentists recommending “my nutty toothpaste”.
So, you may wonder is there some kind of lesson or moral to this story? I wonder, too.
This I can tell you this. Today’s crazy idea can often be tomorrow’s bright idea. I’ve always been intrigued by the life work of inventors like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison. They didn’t let the status quo hold them back from imagining what “could be”.
There is a key element needed. The precious God-given gift you and I possess to a great degree is “freedom”. May we cherish it, and fight for it when necessary. Our Creator takes great pleasure in His “little creators” like you & I.