Carillu Series

Release Announcement

Froggie and Friends, the first book in the Carillu series, is now available on Amazon.

Co-authored with my daughter Amber Stevens and dedicated to my two special needs grandchildren.

Success is a choice. When we focus on the outcome of success, rather than the fear of failure, we choose to succeed by our actions.

If You Don't Enjoy It, Don't Consume It

The world is filled with an abundance of information to consume. Our choices are unlimited. What will we choose to consume? What will we choose to share?

Haters are going to hate.

Whiners are going to whine.

Complainers are going to complain.

Behaviors are justified by pointing fingers at another, rather than taking responsibility for one's own emotinal reaction to life.

The choice is ours to make. If we don't enjoy it, don't consume it. When don't put into our mouths what doesn't taste good. Why then, do we not apply the same principle to our ears and minds?

One can argue, that by being too selective in what we choose to listen to or read, we create a silo effect that isn't beneficial for growth. Let's apply that same concept to food. As adults, we know what we enjoy because we have adventured out and tasted many food choices in our lifetime. 

Food options that we may not have liked as a child, we may not enjoy as an adult or visa versa. None of us, will choke down something we find taste aweful, just for the sake of consuming food. 

This doesn't cause us to be narrow minded in our food consumption, but knowing ourselves well enough that if we choke down this food, we most likely will be gagging and throwing it back up. We tried it, it wasn't for us. Happy for those who enjoy it.

With so much information and opinions available to us with social media, we might want to consider become better information conisuers. There is a difference between listening to someone articulating their position with careful thought and care in sharing their perspective, with those who just spew our what immediatly comes to their mind in the heat of the moment, with little concern over what anyone else thinks.

I set a goal this week to focus on improving my cooking skills. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle and enjoy eating healthy. As I have been research spices on how to improve the flavor of basic foods such as beans and rice, my thoughts have been on communication.

Master chefs are experts are creating tasty dishes by using spices to enhance the flavor. Communication is much like cooking. Take a basic ingredient and begin to add flavors and spices to make it consumable. It takes time, skill and practice. Master chefs care about how others will enjoy their food they've prepared.

How then, is this not any different in becoming a master communicator of information?

Just like there is far too many wonderful foods to eat, to consume food that doesn't taste good or is good for you, the same applies to communication. I highly doubt, anyone would proudly share horrible food to family and friends and say, "Here, try this. It is absolutely aweful." None of us would be, sharing food and encouraging others to try it, that made us ill.

If we did, we be looked at as if we were nuts. Why then do we enjoy sharing and passing on unconsumable information? 

If you don't enjoy it, stop reading or listening to it... and by all means... don't share it if it makes you sick.

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

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