Peanut Butter and Salsa

Did you ever go to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and grab the peach salsa instead of the peach jelly?  Boy, is that first bite a surprise.

Life is full of little surprises and you can break um or shake um.

Speaking of sandwiches, my best friend in high school used to say, “Life is a dirt sandwich and every day is another bite.”

That’s one way to get through life.  Expect bad.  Lots of people do it. If you are a dirt sandwich type, god bless you and I wish you the best.  Expect nothing and you will not be disappointed.

Life can also be like biting into that peanut butter and salsa sandwich.  You are expecting a wonderful sweet taste. Your brain is ready for it; your taste buds are ready for it.  And then?

What happens when the brain gets surprised?  First, it sort of blanks out – that’s “break um.”  “What the devil just happened?” it says.  You run to the sink and spit it out thinking the peach jelly has gone bad.  You grab the jar and look inside, expecting to see little green flecks of mold or something worse.

There they are, big green chunks of ….. you look at the jar ….. Trader Joe’s Spicy, Smokey Peach Salsa ….. green chunks of ….. Jalapeño?


What you could do is take another bite.  Now that you know you used the salsa instead of the jelly, maybe it wouldn’t taste so bad.  Maybe you just created the newest taste sensation: Peanut butter and salsa.  That’s called “shake um”.  You take life’s little surprises and see what shakes out of them.

On the realistic side, peanut butter and salsa is not all that good, but it might have been.  How many great things have come to pass when someone did something really dumb, just by accident?  Everything new was a surprise to someone at some time.

Less Than Helpful Advice 

Next time life surprises you, instead of going wonky about it, go with it and see what shakes out.  Oh, and next time life hands you the peach salsa, reach for the taco chips, not the peanut butter.

About almondhead

I am a mental health counselor in private practice. One of the focuses of my practice is helping people with fear, anxiety and their ugly stepsister, depression. I became a counselor after a long career in the technology world, so naturally, I think of the brain as an engineering problem. It can help to understand something about how the brain works. I decided to start this blog as a way to help other people learn about fear, anxiety and relationship. (All our problems are really about relationships.) You can also find me at:
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1 Response to Peanut Butter and Salsa

  1. David says:

    You are talking about a sugar budget sandwich. I think maybe your problem is the exact choice of ingredients. I have eaten peanut butter and salsa sandwiches for years. Pace Salsa is not too runny, and that is my choice every time. Unsweetened fresh ground peanut butter. High quality whole grain bread. (I like Alvarado Street, here in Northern California.) To avoid soggy bread: 1) bring the ingredients and make it just before eating, 2) put the salsa onto the peanut butter, and 3) keep the salsa side up between bites.

    Excellent sandwich. Peanut butter and ricotta cheese with fresh peach slices. Get a large bread slice (Dave’s Killer Bread in Northern California) to hold half a peach. Lots of ricotta so you can barely contain it. Moist, nutritious, vegetarian and delicious!

    Ultimate sandwich. Peanut butter and ricotta cheese with fresh peaches, but lay in some strips of mascarpone cheese and replace a few peach slices with fresh berries. I really want to try that!

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