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“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something (special). It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.” Louise Fresco
What I’ve enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn – I love it! Jamie Oliver
Konnichiwa! This month’s special Try The World Gourmet Food Box comes to us from Tokyo, Japan. What comes to mind when you think of JAPAN, Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国? This beautiful, island nation in East Asia is – the country of Tea Ceremonies, Temples, Towering skyscrapers, snow-capped Mount Fuji, Sushi, Rice fields, Kimonos, Origami, Ikebana (Flower arranging), Hanami (Cherry Blossoms), Sake, Koi fish, the Bullet Train, the highest life expectancy nation in the world, and a rich tradition that combines modern innovations with traditional excellence. Japan holds dear memories in my heart because my visit there with my kids was both memorable and gastronomically satisfying. We traveled with a friendly group and saw/did everything from visiting Mount Fuji to attending a Tea Ceremony.
In between our daily adventures, we had a chance to meet and greet local people who were welcoming and curious about our travels. They recommended places to eat and sight-see, and we were able to sample a wide range of delicious dishes and desserts. We bought lots of gifts to bring home to friends and took photos of the many, many temples we visited and of everywhere else we went. I would recommend spending at least 3 weeks in Japan and touring as much of this historic and beautiful country as you can handle. I know you will enjoy the Tokyo Box; it will transport you to a place and time that is both ancient and modern.
“When a man’s stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.”Euripides
Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past. Homaro Cantu
When I opened Try The World’s Tokyo Box, I was greeted with an invitation to use my items to do two things: (1) Host a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, and (2) Make my own Okonomiyaki Dinner Date. Of course, all the ingredients I needed were included in my box. My Japan Guide Book, (a guide book is included in every box with details about the country featured), and a food description sheet were going to make these two events very special. My box held seven wonderful food items to whet our appetite and prepare us to enter this very special gourmet food world. It had Takaokaya (seaweed snack), Ishiguro (yamaimo soba noodles), Kasugai (gummy candy), Wadakan (umami ponsu sauce), Aoi Tea (blueberry matcha tea), Otafuku foods (Okonomiyaki kit), and Morinaga (milk caramels). Do come back as I will dig deep into the food mentioned and put together some recipes to help us create an authentic and divine meal together.
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“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” Stephen Covey
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Golda Meir
TRUSTING YOURSELF: What does TRUST mean to you? Often when we think of the word, we jump to our beliefs around trusting others, but TRUST begins with us. SELF-TRUST is the key to building confidence in our abilities and achieving our goals. Before we can learn to trust others, we must first learn to trust ourselves. Whenever you find people who claim they have trust issues, it has more to do with experiences, fears and unresolved events that have tainted their ability to trust. To move forward, we must rebuild our trust in ourselves and know that with time, effort and grace, we will strengthen that quality to trust again. Trusting ourselves is the foundation to our intuition, decision-making and goal setting. Trust is like a door we open to ourselves and to others. We have to walk in and close that door, and build up our confidence levels and develop other important skills. When those skills are sharpened, our trust quotient increases. How do you know when you have developed self-trust?
A Story: The Trusting Frog
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. She fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as she could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at her to stop the pain and just die. She began jumping even harder and finally made it out. When she got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that she was deaf – she thought they were encouraging her to jump out of the hole the entire time. She trusted them to encourage her, and she trusted herself to get out of that hole.
“Look for 3 things in a person – intelligence, energy and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.” Warren Buffet
The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer. Thomas J. Watson
TRUSTING OTHERS: What trust issues do you have? As pointed out above, trust begins with us and then flows into our trusting relationships with others. When we feel confident that others have our best interest at heart, we act boldly and with a degree of inner trust that we can do it. In the quote above, Mr. Buffet mentioned three things to look for in a person. Integrity comes with the knowledge that we can deliver on our promises to ourselves. That trust becomes something we seek in others; when we know who we are and what we trust in ourselves, we look for those qualities in others. When we begin a trust relationship, it is critical that we take our commitments seriously and avoid any miscommunications or acts of carelessness. When a trust is broken, it takes tremendous work to patch things up… and in some cases, the damage is irreversible. When I think of trust, I am thinking also of a soul connection with others and a commitment to treat each other, and others, with love and respect. If there is no respect in a trust agreement, the chances of fissure are greater. Where are your trust issues holding you back?
A STORY: The Story of the Three Turtles
One day, three turtles named Mick, Andy and Roy decided to go on a picnic.
Mick packs the picnic basket with beer and sandwiches.
The trouble is that the picnic site is ten miles away and it takes them ten days to get there. When they get there, Mick unpacks the food and beer and says “OK Roy, give me the bottle opener.” “I didn’t bring it,” says Roy “I thought you packed it.”
Mick gets worried; he turns to Andy and says, “Did you bring the bottle opener?” Naturally, Andy, who prefers political discourse to food related matters, didn’t bring it. So they’re stuck ten miles from home without a bottle opener.
Mick and Andy beg Roy to go back for it, but he refuses as he says they will eat all the sandwiches. After two hours, and after they have sworn on their tortoise lives that they will not eat the sandwiches, he finally agrees.
Roy sets off down the road at a steady pace. 20 days pass and he still isn’t back. Mick and Andy are starving, but a promise is a promise. Another 5 days go by and he still isn’t back; but a promise is a promise.
Finally, they can’t take it any longer so they take out a sandwich each, and just as they are about to eat it, Roy pops up from behind a rock and shouts: “I KNEW IT… I’M NOT GOING!” Needless to say, they never spoke to Roy again… What would you have done?
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for June and July are:
06/01 – SIMPLICITY
06/08 – POSSIBILITIES
06/15 – SACRIFICE
06/22 – DETERMINATION
06/29 – TRUST
07/06 – FREEDOM
07/13 – WORRY
07/20 – WEALTH
07/27 – GRACE
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“The larger the group, the more toxic, the more of your beauty as an individual you have to surrender for the sake of group thought.” George Carlin, Last Words
between old friends, John and Jane
A discourse of sorts…
GROUPTHINK, what is it?
Conformity that excludes
Beliefs that persist…
When Groupthink rules us
Like ants on wicked warpaths
While being in a group can have benefits, groupthink that is exclusionary is toxic. It limits, controls and eliminates any form of individuality and discriminatory practices run amok. Where do you see this in society?
“The tribe often thinks the visionary has turned his back on them. When, in fact, the visionary has simply turned his face to the future.” Ray Davis
In-groups and Out-groups
In a moronic death match
For the “good of all”
For this exercise, I have your proverbial John and Jane tell us what it means and what it can look like. I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in groupthink. Would you rather have others dictate what you should think without reflection?
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