Recently, I was having dinner with a friend at this great little restaurant in DC called Grillfish where we discovered THE BEST ginger calamari EVER.
(If you like calamari be sure to add “visit Grillfish” to your list the next time you visit the nation’s capital.)
So, between chewing scrumptious bites of gingery squid and wiping the drool from our maws, we swapped funny food stories.
I kicked things off by sharing a story about the time I’d served unshelled edamame at a dinner party and one unsuspecting guest (who had never encountered soybeans before) politely choked them down…shell and all.
My friend then shared a personal story about a painful first encounter with mouthing a whole artichoke leaf (THORN and all).
As you can imagine, my friend and I laughed about these painful food faux pas until our sides ached, but later I found myself thinking about these stories from a different perspective.
And here is where things are about to get interesting.
REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING.
Because these stories really aren’t about food at all!
These stories are analogies for why we keep “chewing”.
What do I mean by “chewing”?
You know how sometimes you find yourself in a new situation where you’re thinking, “This can’t be possibly right?” But, then your “can do” attitude kicks in and it won’t let you quit?
That’s what I mean by “chewing.”
Edamame and artichokes are both delicious and edible, but if they’re giving you grief, it means you’re going about it wrong.
Going about it right means you are enjoying the experience.
Going about it wrong means suffering (plus it gives other people a chance to tell hilarious stories about you).
Don’t try to tell me you’ve never tried powering through a situation, even though you were thinking, “this can’t possibly be right!” (You wouldn’t be a subscriber if you couldn’t identify with what I mean by chewing.)
Your mental determination and personal fortitude are what make you a winner, and I would not suggest for a moment that you try to change your stripes.
However, that same “can do” attitude can leave you looking foolish when you’re going about something the wrong way (like trying to chew a thorn).
Chewing a thorn is unnecessary and it makes you look dumb, so stop it.
Have you ever found yourself “chewing a thorn?”
Where is your “can do” attitude giving other people reasons to tell funny stories about you?
The stories people tell about you should be about how amazing you are! You are too smart to be chewing thorns, so stop it!
I’m sure you have perfectly logical reasons for why you continue to chew that thorn, so what are they? Seriously. I want to know.
These are not rhetorical questions, and I hope you’ll pause a moment consider them. Maybe even fire off a quick email right now with your thoughts (just hit reply).
Here are those questions again:
✿ Have you ever found yourself “chewing a thorn” (so to speak)?
✿ Where is your “can do” attitude giving other people reasons to tell funny stories about you?
✿ Why might you still be chewing that thorn?
Let me know. Maybe I’ll even fire back a suggestion that will help you tackle your situation the right way.
Until next week,