The Life Menu
Imagine sitting down in a lovely restaurant and picking up the menu to peruse before deciding what you would like to order. Before ordering, most of us would probably assess how hungry we are and what would taste good at the time. Since there may also be a price to consider, you take all factors into account before you choose.
In general, our choice is likely to represent our unique desires and tastes.
If you’re dining with someone that loves sushi and you could not imagine eating raw fish yourself, it’s not likely you would order it too. If you’re not very hungry, you might order less than your dining partners. Maybe you’d always keep your eye tuned for something healthy. Overall, your menu choices would be a reflection of you, individually. . .in essence, what you would prefer and enjoy.
Imagine that your life also comes with a menu. It may not come in a book like format, where you turn pages and read the choices available to you, but an array of options are right there in front of you everyday. You get to choose that which is best for you based on your distinct preferences. Some choices are far reaching, affecting your life for a long time. Other selections may affect only the the present moment.
Regardless of what it is you choose, I would hope your choices represent what what would best honor you, your values and your wellbeing. If you later discover that what you chose was not what you thought it might be, you get to choose again.
Approaching life with this Menu perspective keeps us present and conscious of what each choice may create in our life (bitter or sweet) and will always teach us something as well. Interestingly, by choosing the thoughts we think, we are also choosing from the Life Menu. Sometimes our thoughts give us a taste of JOY, other times, they may make us feel ill.
For me, I love to try things I haven’t tried before, so I will be looking for what’s new on the menu. I also love the comfort food of life that causes me to pause and be grateful. I try not to eat too fast, so I can fully enjoy each course of life.
As you make your life choices regarding relationships, your work, your spiritual development, your health and wellbeing, I suggest you choose mindfully and ask yourself if each item on your life menu will nurish you or not.