While wanting to enjoy an old-school grilled cheese and tomato soup dinner on a rainy day, this stopped me in my tracks…
Have we gone so far as to not know how to open cheese? This isn’t about the cheese, but it is about not allowing people to figure things out for themselves.
I remember being a kid and figuring out this so-called “puzzle” for myself. And guess what, I didn’t fall apart on the kitchen floor in a puddle of tears or resort to just eating cheese flavored plastic! I figured it out on my own.
We are very aware of what happens to children when everything is done for them, and what happens to adults when the same is done–no matter the income level. What may start as “help” can devolve quickly into an entitlement mentality devoid of courtesy and compassion.
I am not saying that we should do what seems the norm these days, and treat the afflicted and less fortunate as if they are the scourge of society. Everyone deserves a hand up every once in a while, and the most destitute among us need a way forward that creates a true pathway toward self-sufficiency.
But when we let ourselves become dumbed down and made to believe that we have no power, we lose much more than a hoped for grilled cheese. We lose innovation, imagination and the products that are birthed from them. We lose what makes us amazing in the first place.
In conclusion, what started with the cheese ends with this:
Use it or lose it.
If you have a problem, do your best to figure it out, network, and continue to show the world just how brilliant that brain of yours is.
And ignore the cheese instructions.