Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lessons Learned from Chopsticks

The other night, Casey made me Asian Fried Rice while I was working on finishing some homework.  He bought  a really nice pack of chopsticks on his mission.  I have never been a huge user of chopsticks because every time I try, I fail miserably and basically just end up sitting there hungry with no way to get the food to my mouth.  Well, Casey offered to teach me how to use them and I agreed to try.  I actually was pretty successful at it--Casey is a good teacher!  Anyway, I have realized there are a lot of life lessons to be learned from chopsticks...

1. Slow Down!  Life isn't a race and it doesn't matter if you finish first or last... you still finished!
2. Persistent.  The things most enjoyable require effort to obtain them.  Keep trying and you will be successful.
3. Make dinner an event.  Too often in life, dinner becomes something that you rush through merely as a means to refuel your body and therefore miss the point of family socialization.  Take the time to talk to those you love, chew your food throughly, and sit patiently waiting for everyone to finish.
4. Choose good teachers/ mentors.  I have tried to use chopsticks before and failed.  I succeed with the Asian Fried Rice because I had a good teacher.  Listen to those around you for helpful insights but then choose what you need in your life and apply it.  The rest of the advice, graciously thank the person for and then simply don't use it.
5. Learn new things.  It is always a benefit to learn a new talent or skill or knowledge.  Strive everyday to pursue your education and become wise.

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