You set your own tone for the day from the moment you open your eyes to the time that you fall asleep. Depending on our tone we will treat people differently, will treat ourselves differently and most importantly we will treat situations differently. I’d like to share my first morning experience with you this morning. The first song that I listen to when I got in the car this morning, just happened to be on the radio, was the “Fruitcake” song by Jimmy Buffet. If you have not heard this song it is definitely an interesting treat first thing in the morning whether you like fruitcake or not. In loose translation Jimmy Buffett says that there is a “fruitcake in all of us”. So what is a fruitcake?
If you like fruitcake, your first thought is during the holidays when it comes out in all the stores and you can’t wait to buy that first loaf that you see to have with a cup of coffee (one of my favorite treats.) Or you may be thinking of fruitcake as that horrible lump of “stuff” that arrives in a package from one of your family or friends and you are required to eat it out of obligation. How do you look at your fruitcake?
Coining the word “Fruitcake” to your fellow human beings has a slightly different approach but with the same underlying meaning. Fruitcake sometimes has no rhyme or reason, but just seems to exist. Depending on where you are perhaps a person’s actions may not seem calculated, smart or appropriate. And what is the term that we use… “What a fruitcake!” But perhaps they are onto something. Maybe they looked at where they are and what they are doing, then they realized we have to try something different in order to get results. So before you discard that fruitcake take the time to open up the mind explore the thoughts taste test some of the ideas before judging what you see.
Some of the best fruitcakes I’ve tasted/experienced in life have looked like an unsuspecting rectangular loaf, but surprisingly contained nutty fruity goodness. Think of those surprise ingredients as refreshing ideas and approaches to life that perhaps your point of view limits you from, and take a lesson from the fruitcake.Share on Facebook