I love trying out new recipes, particularly those that allow me to use the fresh produce from our extensive veggie garden. I spend ages trawling internet sites to find just the right combinations of ingredients and the optimal balance of nutrients. Over the last couple of years I’ve experimented with a range of amazing taste sensations, some of which have found their way into my regular cooking repertoire.
This week I served something different for afternoon tea at our book group. It was interesting to see the response when I said that the platter in pride of place on the dining table contained beetroot and chocolate muffins! Some adventurous types immediately picked up a plate and helped themselves, relishing the opportunity to partake of a new flavour experience. Others were seen to quietly, but resolutely step away from the table and the gorgeous goodies resplendent upon it.
I wondered afterwards what difference it would have made if I had referred to the muffins by their ‘correct’ name of Red Velvet. I’m sure there would have been a more positive reaction and a more widespread acceptance of something unfamiliar. In fact, after tasting the unusual offerings and learning of their ‘true’ nature some people would have been surprised at how much they had actually enjoyed them.
Sometimes our perception of the value and worth of experiences is affected by the words we use to categorise and describe them. The names we give to things also determines how we feel about them and whether or not we think they are worth our attention. This includes how we depict ourselves. If we refer to ourselves in derogatory terms we will act and react differently to life’s challenges than if we speak about ourselves in positive, uplifting terms that empower, inspire and motivate us.
What words do you use to define yourself and yoru life? Are they working for you? How could you tweak them to help you live with more flair and fulfilment?
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