Who knew that the meaning to life would be uncovered in the ice cube maker? When the icemaker dies off, Kubler-Ross' five stages of grief immediately kick in. Prepare for a rocky ride through denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The stages pass quickly simply because the facts are cold and obvious. First there is ice - then there is no ice. Period. Very Zen actually. Ice (or the lack thereof) offers up some valuable life lessons, such as:
1. ALL WATER AND NO ICE MAKES FOR A DULL PERSON: We've all heard that expression about all work and no play, but honestly, it's not until you live life without ice that this message hits home. Water truly stinks without ice. Ice is to drinks what play is to life. Without ice (or play/fun/time off), a beverage (life) is simply bland and unsatisfactory. As a matter of fact, it's almost undrinkable. We all need to have a little fun, to blow off a little steam . . . to have a little laugh every day. Bonus - laughing is free of charge and can be had at a moment's notice by picking up a funny book, re-watching an old movie or calling a funny friend.
2. ICE TAKES TIME: Ice cannot be rushed. One cannot stand outside of the freezer door wishing the water to become ice quicker. No amount of sweet nothin's or praise will make it form faster. Ice, once water, is slow to grow and slow to become something of worth - of value. Sounds kind of like your college savings account or 401k no? When you look at the amount you invest every paycheck it's frustratingly small, right? But when you wait - say - five or 20 years, it suddenly doesn't look so small anymore. It's had time to form. It's had time to morph from your measly $35 into something resembling a happy college or retirement. Cool how time changes things, huh? This same concept works with long-standing relationships and memories. They both become stronger, deeper, more solid and more satisfying with time.
3. LITTLE BUT MEANINGFUL: Everyone always says it's the little things that matter most in life and we all just nod in agreement, even when we don't really agree at all and are secretly thinking they are foolish to believe that. Well, try a few months without an icemaker and you will agree that it really is the little things in life that make all the difference. Ice is little and ice is huge all at the same time. Again, Zen-like. Without ice where would we be? Think about it for a moment, on both the micro and macro level please. Well, without ice, we'd still be salting everything in sight to keep it fresh . . . and we'd be completely without ice cream (the horror!). Without ice, there would be no such thing as frozen margaritas or skating rinks.
Ice appears small, but makes a huge impact. Anything else in your life do that? How about your friends? Family? Friendly neighbor who always has an extra cup of sugar or spare egg? What about your church or book group pals? How about how your car always starts up in the morning or how your phone always manages to ring that alarm? What about that picture your kid drew of you surrounded by smiles and rainbows? Or when your son laughs while asleep? Little things - maybe. Big impact . . . for sure.
Paula Sirois is a Florida-based writer. National Oak Distributors Inc., http://www.NationalOak.com, is the country's premier Automotive Paint, Body and Equipment (PBE) warehouse distributor.