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.