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Stick to your list

When I go to the grocery store, I go with the purpose of buying products that I can use to prepare meals.

Without exception, I  encounter products containing ingredients I don’t like.

When this happens, I don’t spend any of my shopping time telling others about my distaste for those unwanted products. I’m always too preoccupied with what I’m looking for to even notice most of the things that aren’t on my list.

I also don’t spend any energy resenting the existence of those products. Even though I don’t like them, their existence doesn’t negate my freedom to choose what I want.

More importantly, I know it is very likely that I will wear myself out or run out of time if I insist on entertaining thoughts or engaging in activities that distract me from my main reason for being in the grocery store.

The moral: We don’t need to give energy or expression to our areas of distaste in order to be true to what we desire.

Decide what you want to create ahead of time and look for the things you need.

You don’t need to worry about the ingredients someone else is putting in their meals.

If it grosses you out or disgusts you, quit giving it your attention. You don’t have to eat it.

Stay focused on how delicious your meal will be.

Everything else is just a distraction.

Stick to your list and let the other stuff go.

That’s my two cents,

T.K. Coleman

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