“Diversity is a big deal for me,” says the privileged white American girl.
Despite my pearls of wisdom, I recognize my way is not the only way. This might come as a shock to those who’ve met my ego, yet it’s true. My methodology works wonders for me and probably looks completely different from yours, which makes magic happen for you.
The simple and easy truth is we can learn a crapton from others, especially those with differing belief systems. The only prerequisite is being open and kind. Once we let go of our defenses, we can hear and see different perspectives, entertain new ideas, allowing ourselves an opportunity to learn and grow.
As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t actually know everything. In fact, my sense of direction is shaky at best and I rely on the Hubby or Siri to steer me down the right path. Without their knowledge and “route recalculations,” I’d quite literally be lost. Now imagine the possibilities if I were to open my mind and heart to more than just the Hubby and my iPhone.
Can you believe all that just came out of an introvert? Yeah, me neither.
In any event, you’re probably wondering what any of this has to do with What I Ate Wednesday. It’s a valid question to be sure. The simple truth is sharing a day of food is not nearly as earth shattering as loving your neighbor, regardless of their color, sexuality, or religious beliefs. It is a small and simple step though, seeing the way other people eat. It brings new ideas to the table, allowing us to learn a little sumthin, sumthin.
On that altogether too serious note, minus the sumthin, sumthin, I’m sharing my edibles from yesterday along with a little lesson for each morsel.
And away we go.
First Breakfast: a fruit filled smoothie with spinach, flax powder and bee pollen. Orange juice was added post picture.
Lesson: Bee pollen should only be consumed by way of something else because the taste is horrific on its own.
Second Breakfast: two pieces of English Muffin Bread Toast with butter.
Lesson: sometimes simple really is best.
Lunch: an apple with peanut butter and a couple of fistfuls of unsalted sunflower seeds.
Lesson: it pays to keep snacks, a small cutting board and a knife at the office, especially on the days you get too busy to heat up the pasta lunch you actually brought.
Dinner: Potato Ramp Soup, a Spinach Salad with fruit, walnuts and blue cheese and Roasted Tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, basil and Asiago. I downed it all with a Habanero Mango Hard Cider.
Lesson: sometimes an alcoholic beverage is necessary after a trying eleven hour work day.
One for the Road: natural lighting works wonders for food photos. Say hello to my driveway, a stunning specimen to be sure.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some What I Ate Wednesday posts to read. I want to see what knowledge I can glean from you.
What have you gained by opening yourself up to others with differing belief systems than your own?