Forgive me folks. This might get a little cheesy. Yesterday when I got home from work I was famished. The only thing I could find that I wanted to eat was a grapefruit. So I got out a knife and was about to cut the grapefruit in half because this, my friends, is how I (and probably you) have always eaten grapefruit. I cut it in half, stick it in a bowl, and jab the sections out with a spoon. But before I cut my grapefruit, I thought, “I don’t feel like jamming out these sections with a spoon.” So instead I peeled it.
Peeling it gave me a whole new grapefruit experience. I first tasted the bitter white pith I hadn’t managed to totally peel away from the outside of the fruit. Once I bit into it, I got a burst of juice, unlike I do when the sections are already severed before I ever take a bite. The essential taste of the grapefruit was the same, but the experience was different. It made me pay attention to what I was eating, which is something I’d like to do more of.
I suggest you eat something in a different way today. Cut apples into fries. Freeze a banana and make iced cream out of it. Do something different. Pay attention.