There is a saying that I ran across years ago “The Process Proceeds the Product.” One of the many things that I have learned from understanding this concept is that “things don’t just happen.” When you see a finished product be it material or conceptual it is the sum of its parts. Understand the parts, then the product can be seen for what it is, not just what it appears to be.From a personal experience that I had in 2012, I will illustrate. Once you read about my experience you may be able to relate.
March 2012, my mother through a string of events was on Her final passage from this life into eternity. I travelled to St. Louis to be with her, having no idea just how long that I would be away from my “normal” routine. Part of my “normal” routine involved drinking a wonderful beverage called Milo’s Sweet Tea. Milo’s Sweet tea goes with the South like Football and Deer Hunting, its very Popular. Not only did I drink it, I drank lots of it. I would easily go thru two gallons of this beverage every week. This Brand of Tea is not available in St. Louis, so while there I drank whatever sweet tea was available.
Now mind you, I spent the first 26 years of my life living in and drinking sweet tea in that area of the country and never had an issue with satisfaction for sweet tea. Well after tasting sweet back home in the Midwest it was very bland to say the least. After about two weeks I found myself just asking for water when I ate. I began to notice, by not having my “normal” Milo’s sweet tea, that food that I always ate began to taste different. Salty chips no longer tastes as good and I found myself eating and desiring them less. At first, I thought maybe it was due to the sadness and of experiencing my mother’s deteriorating condition and not having my appetite.
After mom passed on I returned back to Alabama to get my wife and take care of a few things before heading backt to bury my mom. Upon taking my first Swig (from the jug) of my beloved Milos, I could not drink it. It was TO SWEET and instead of going down smoothly it reminded me of the cough syrup that I had to take as a kid. The tea literally felt thick in my mouth.
To the take home message, I learned that Milos’ discovered the perfect temperature that the tea should be when they added the sugar for it to be just right. My taste buds had literally been changed by Milos Sweet Tea. I defined sweet by how it compared to Milos Sweet Tea. When I dranked it with food I desired some type of salty crunch item (Chips, Fries Onion Rings) in order to balance (Complement the food industry would say). Well enter the Value Meal that is on every fast food menu. What do they ask when you purchase a sandwich, “Chips and a drink?” Well this information was powerful and it ended up allowing me to know the difference between “Wanting” and “Needing.”
I still order sweet tea occasionally but now I don’t drink my weight in refills or bring it home in gallon jugs. I have no problem just drinking water with my meals now and as a side note I lost 10lbs. in two months just from reducing that sugar.
Ask yourself, “What is it that I think that I Need” to have when I am in certain environments or in the company of certain people?” Why do I ALWAYS need a second, third, and fourth helping? Why do I “upsize” my order when I’m only getting more sugars, chemicals,Bad Oil, starch and salt? Until next time, this is Dallas Terrell with
JUST ASKING. . .