Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thinking outside of the box

I think everyone has the ability to think outside of the box if they want to. I know I am always trying to find easier or smarter ways to do things. My biggest passion is cooking and preparing food that make you want to devour it. We all eat with our eyes first and how our food looks does matter. A few days ago I saw a young boy in my local market clearly searching for some ingredients on a recipe he had on his phone. When I came up the aisle he ask me if I could help him find a certain spice. He told me he was making a special dish for his mom's birthday as a surprise. I was amazed at the complexity of the recipe he was planning and I quickly volunteered to help him find the remaining items he needed.
The last item on his list called for the zest of an orange. There were no graters to be found and he was on foot to shop. After looking all around the store for an alternate tool to accomplish the task I came across an "as seen on TV display" with a device designed to shave foot callouses. I realized it had a micro plain in it and a nice compartment to hold the shavings. I explained to the boy how the micro plains designed for food preparation had the same metal parts but way more expensive and that this would work well for his task at hand and may other tasks in the future. This young man had such a passion a lot like my own for preparing food and was very grateful for all of my help. I told him that it was really my pleasure to meet someone so young who already had such a gift to share with his mom. I think he was about 13 and very mature and determined.
So don't be afraid to think outside of the box because in a pinch you can almost always find an alternative to solve a problem if you need to. Just look at the ad and I think you will see this tool through new eyes. http://cli.gs/q28663

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