MountainWings A MountainWings Moment #1145 Wings Over The Mountains of Life Better Than A Rolls ================ I spent four hours one night cleaning my wife's van. It was spotless and fragranced with powdered honeysuckle. That's what the car fragrance smelled like that I used. As we were driving away the next day for a family outing, I looked in the back seat. The four-year-old was strapped in. The two-year-old was comfortably seated in his child seat. My wife was driving. It was a MountainWings Moment. MountainWings Moments occur whenever life gives us the opportunity to take an otherwise mundane or even negative situation, and rise to the mountaintop. I inhaled deeply the soft honeysuckle. It was mixed with the scent of the hair conditioner of the two-year-old. The kids were watching a video. I was openly pleased with the cleaning job that I had done. Every scrap, smudge, and drop of unidentifiable kid's stuff was gone. "This van is great," I said. "It's not a Rolls," my wife replied. "No," I answered, "It's better than a Rolls Royce." "A Rolls doesn't ride this smooth." I have learned to find and appreciate MountainWings Moments. We have a four-year-old Plymouth Voyager Van. I have ridden in a Rolls Royce, it wasn't a new Rolls but I wasn't impressed for the money. A Rolls doesn't have the headroom of the van. A Rolls doesn't have a TV. A Rolls doesn't have a VCR. A Rolls can't seat seven people or let you listen to three sound systems at one time. In a Rolls you can't recline the seat into a bed. I went down the list of all of the advantages of our van over a Rolls. "You have a point," my wife said. So often, the thing that you have, is so much better than what is on the other side of the fence. You just don't realize it. You have to get on the mountain to see it. You need A MountainWings Moment. A strange thing happened after that day. Neatness of organization is not my wife's strength. The van is usually piled with her papers, kid's toys, and all of the accessories that go along with kids. I got in the van a week later. I was shocked. It was absolutely clean. Two weeks later. Still spotlessly clean. I rode with my wife yesterday (a month later), I had a fruit bar with me. I unwrapped it and laid the wrapper on the spotless floor behind me. "Don't leave that wrapper on the floor," she said as she eyed the wrapper with an extreme look of disdain. A month ago, you would not have been able to find the wrapper if you laid it on the floor, and the van would have qualified as Oscar's vehicle on The Odd Couple, (he was the junky one). Today, it was like Felix's, (the neat one). What in the world had happened? I was both proud and amazed. I asked, "What caused the change from junk mobile to showroom condition?" "If I wouldn't junk up a Rolls, then why should I junk up something better than a Rolls?" Same Van – Different Appreciation How we treat something depends so much on how we view and value it. When you stop to think about it, you have a lot of things in your world far more valuable than a Rolls Royce. The eyes you use for reading this, are two of those many things. Maybe there are some people and some things that you need to put polish on, lavish sweet smelling things on, and remove the junk from. Maybe, just maybe, you're junking up something better than a Rolls Royce. A MountainWings Original Thank you for inviting MountainWings in your mailbox. See you tomorrow.