I’m fascinated by people’s choices. I am intrigued by what people like. I love to stand in line at my favorite ice cream shop in the summertime and eavesdrop on the person ordering in front of me. The last two times I’ve listened in, the person in front of me has ordered ice cream with “wet walnuts.” It kind of made me shudder, and ask the question under my breath, “what is that?” It does not sound appetizing, especially on ice cream. I’ve never even considered ordering wet walnuts. I like to hear what others like because it may turn into something I really enjoy, even after the initial aversion.
So I had to do a little google research, and was enlightened. Wet walnuts are simply, walnuts in maple syrup (or simple syrup, or corn syrup), sounds delicious!
I’m not an indecisive person. I am a planner. I know what I want (yes, even when it comes to the ice cream shop order…). My wife Bridget? She usually waits until we are standing at the window, and the employee asks to take our order to decide to ask me, “what are you getting?” I usually reply with “I can’t tell you.” Then, she labors over the decision of what she will be having, and ends up ordering the same thing as last time (small twist in a waffle cone), because she cannot decide on what she wants. It makes us a good pair, and sometimes drives me a little (wal)nuts.
We are all different, and it makes life beautiful, and sometimes really ugly. But, we can work hard to make it better for everyone.
Increase your self awareness to be more aware of others.
Don’t judge based on your preferences, likes, or dislikes.
Respect one another.
My next ice cream order? Small vanilla with wet walnuts.
We can do this, together.
Until next time,