Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Do you like trying new things?

I'm kind of the adventurous sort. Okay other Faith ladies, stop laughing...

(They kinda know this about me...)

So I'm always after trying new things from travel adventures to new foods. 

I'm the one who strikes up a conversation with strangers in a grocery line, the one who looks for unusual things to do in my own home town and the one who plops down a whole  new meal no one has ever heard of and thinks every one else at the table is going to be just as excited as I am to try something new.

Over the years though, I've learned people are wired differently. (And trust me, this was a hard lesson, lol.) So I go off into my adventures and now try to remember that I need to allow for others to either go at it a little slower (the aspect of change) or to not go on the adventure at all. I still offer but I am working really hard at not being pushy. 

I failed last night though. sigh. We had my son's friend over for dinner. He'd never had King crab before or butternut squash. So it was a new adventure for him. He was excited to try the crab (and loved it) but wouldn't try the squash. I finally cajoled him into a little, tiny taste. Nope, he didn't like it. 

Was it a mind set or a true preference?

Ah, that's not the real question, is it? 

The real question is can I accept that he just plain isn't interested in trying that particular thing and honor it?

Well, I'm thankful that I learned something last night about myself. I learned that it's okay to let someone else try things at their own pace. He'd already tried the crab and enjoyed it. That was an adventure enough. 

Simplified example? So for Thanksgiving I'm making a pumpkin bread pudding in the morning. But I'll also offer cereal or eggs. And I won't make any one else try my fun exploratory food. I'll just let them explore up to their comfort level.

Today I'm thankful that I'm still learning and thankful that God has given me a spirit of adventure even in small things.

So--do you like trying new things?



  1. Yes, I do like trying new things, but I don't like being pushed into it. I don't mind a little encouragement once in a while, but if it is something I really don't want to do or maybe don't have an interest in, I'd rather it be accepted. But, I like to encourage others when I can and try to find a balance so I don't push them.

  2. I used to be real bad at pushing people to do things I thought they should do. Now I'm a little more laid back.I let them make their own decisions and I am fine with that. I realized that just because I loved it doesn't mean someone else will.

  3. Oh you'd all be so proud of me. I seriously have worked on this today. I smiled at different people as they refused to try new things. (And I meant the smile too!)

  4. I wish I could have been there to try the pumpkin bread pudding!! I'll come try all your food adventures, Angie. :)

    Lindi, I'm afraid maybe we pressured you in to riding that roller coaster at the Mall of America!! :)