Lessons I Learned from the Simple Act of Making a Morning Smoothie

Life in a Blender

We have a smoothie every morning, the Big Guy and me. That’s our breakfast. It’s made up of yummy stuff: a banana and green apple, parsley and mint, celery, beetroot, ginger, cucumber and coconut water. Every day it’s the same — ingredients and process alike.

This morning the blender got stuck. Well, not exactly. The motor was working fine and the blade spun round and round, but nothing happened. Like treading water. It does this sometimes, but usually whatever’s stuck gets unstuck on its own and all the ingredients then come together.

But, not today. It needed a bit of help. I tried stopping and starting the blender. Nothing happened. The Big Guy tried shaking it a bit to get things moving, but alas, the motor rumbled; the blade spun round and round, and my fruits and veggies — a banana and an apple, parsley and mint, celery, beetroot, ginger, cucumber and coconut water — just stuck there in a pile clinging to the sides of the jug.

Hmm …

So, I stopped the blender. Dismantled the jug and opened the lid. I took a fork and dug deep through the pieces of fruits and veggies, to give them a nudge and mix them up a bit — — a banana and an apple, parsley and mint, celery, beetroot, ginger, cucumber and coconut water. I knew something was stuck, probably a small piece of ginger. I also knew that as soon as it got unstuck, everything would come together in one tidal swoosh, changing the color of our smoothie from a murky green to a vibrant rosy pink.

As I stood there watching all the bits and pieces of our smoothie come together, I couldn’t help thinking about Life — my life and life in general. Sometimes we get stuck; our motor’s spinning in full speed making a lot of noise, but we’re getting nowhere. We try stopping and starting, starting and stopping. We gaze at the fruits and veggies of our life — a banana and an apple, parsley and mint, celery, beetroot, ginger, cucumber and coconut water — and wonder, “What the f*ck is going on?” We try shaking things up, but alas, nothing happens …

Nothing happens until we dig deep. And, oftentimes, all that is holding us back is a small piece of ginger. Once that small piece of ginger gets unstuck, Life happens in a big tidal swoosh.

It’s time to dig deep — whether you’re stuck in your career, your relationship, or your kids. (That’s where I come in.)

It’s time to take control of our lives.

It’s Time 2 Lead.

It’s time to THRIVE.