My husband is a circumspect man. He doesn’t eat mindlessly and very rarely does he say something he hasn’t thought through. Opposites attract. I, on the other hand, have been known to take some pretty nasty bites just because I wasn’t thinking.
I was hiking in the Appalachian mountains with a friend years ago. We found some interesting flora – it looked like a small, bright green, corn cob. It was very pretty. Without thinking, we each pulled off a perfectly formed kernel and popped it into our mouths. The pain was almost instantaneous. It felt like millions of tiny needles were shooting through our tongues and cheeks. Later, with mouths full of ice, we garbled out our story on the phone with the doctor’s office. The nurse uttered these great words of wisdom, “Just because it’s there doesn’t mean it has to go into your mouth.” Thank you for that.
Recently I have attempted to adopt a gluten free diet due to some health problems. I am learning again that great, green, corn cob truth. How quickly we pop things into our mouths without thinking, things we neither really want nor need. I’m learning there is freedom in circumspection. I actually went through Costco the other day and only had one taste, low fat turkey breast. It was liberating. I realized that somehow I had felt obligated to try things just because they were there. Now I no longer feel guilty if I don’t have “just a small piece” of desert in someone’s home that I never really wanted but they had lovingly baked. I’m learning that it’s much less painful not to eat all the little green corn cobs in life.