A bowl of salad please…
There was a day when you ordered a bowl of salad, that the salad actually came in a bowl. Last Saturday morning, I sat with a gentleman to talk about our CLI (Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity) initiative. We met at a South African coffee shop chain called Mugg & Bean. Knowing that our meeting would stretch over a couple of hours, we started with a coffee and muffin and ended with a “bowl” of salad.
When the “bowls” arrived, they came in rather large mason jars. Consumed in our conversation, both of us began to eat from the jars. Although the eating experience seemed a little strange, we continued to eat the lettuce in hopes of uncovering the bits of chicken that we presumed lay somewhere beneath it.
Before long, the hostess came to our table and suggested that we might want to empty the contents of the mason jar into the bowl that had carried it to our table. Suddenly, it was like the eyes of everyone at the surrounding tables were upon us. As the blood rushed to my face indicating a sense of embarrassment, we humbly emptied the contents of the mason jars into the bowls, to the accompaniment of laughter from those around us. When I asked the hostess if others had ever done the same thing, she suggested that we were the first to have ever eaten from the mason jar. I suppose one could say that it is always nice to be the first at something.
What does one learn from this kind of experience?
First, I chose to seize the moment and turn embarrassment into an opportunity to laugh along with everyone else. Life is already too serious to be upset by something that others find amusing.
Second, I told the hostess that one never stops learning. Life is a little like the salad in the mason jar. If you protect your life by keeping it in a jar, you will only get to enjoy all of its ingredients one layer at a time. When you learn to pour the ingredients of your life out into the bowl where they belong, your outlook is a lot different. You learn to blend your family, your friends, your spouse, and your experiences together into a symphony called life.
Third, my “bowl” of salad provided an opportunity for me to have something to muse about with you on this Monday morning. Have a great week and don’t forget to have some fun pouring out your experiences into the bowl of life.
Until next Monday…