The more tastes we learn to appreciate, the more likely we are to find pleasure in any given meal. Conversely, the fewer tastes we’re willing to try or tolerate, the more likely we are to be disappointed at the table.
I am glad our kids have been able to experience the world beyond their predilections, Kayla in Brazil and Poland, Laura in Japan and now a bit of France in our lives. We have more room for happiness when we cultivate understanding and empathy against our natural tendency to remain among the familiar.
I think it’s no coincidence that narrow, inflexible perspectives are held by those who seem the most frustrated, the most unhappy. To them, the world is a table filled with bitter and dangerous dishes.