One fateful evening, I set out to cook pepper soup.  Not the regular dish, but Omoyo as it is called in Yoruba language. It is usually made with blended fresh pepper and many spices. I was meant to have it with eko aka agidi, but was too lazy to get out of the comfort of my house to purchase it. So I settled for rice, which is equally nice.

While the rice was cooking, I got carried away with an Instagram post I was trying to upload. And sadly, the rice got burnt.

Tragic.

Now, at that point, I had two options:

1. Get disappointed and angry, pour the rice away and start all over.

2. Still be angry but manage to eat it with dissatisfaction.

However, I invented option 3 which was to label it “Chargrilled rice with Omoyo” and enjoyed my meal (Don’t go stealing my recipe!). In that instance, I realized that life and its mistakes, disappointments or issues are as good or bad as the label we put on them. Some of life’s greatest inventions were born out of mistakes, just like my chargrilled rice.

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The question is, how do you choose to view that situation?

Do you see the glass as half-empty or half full?

Do you choose to be a pessimist, an optimist or an opportunist?

The choice is yours to make.

With the right tag, I ate my food (error) with joy, satisfaction and learnt something too. You should try it sometime.

 

Guest blogger’s bio

I am Hon. Olawunmi Oyedeji, a graduate of Chemical Engineering. I am a presenter, producer, poet, politician, a tourism enthusiast and serial entrepreneur. I run @kaunatours, a tourism outfit, @viesan_media, a branding firm and @trymyjob, a reality TV show. I enjoy writing, travelling and making money.

 

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