When I saw this week's Wednesday Word, I kept thinking of the phrase I heard a lot in my youth:
Don't bite off more than you can chew.
I don't think being ambitious is a bad thing. It's how we reach new goals. But, let's say we are a little too ambitious and we take on too much. What horrible things happen to us when we take a bite that is too big? Do we choke? Do we break our teeth? Do we never go into the kitchen again? Do we give up food entirely?
We spit out that bite and take a smaller one.
It might cause some embarrassment, but we get rid of it. We then cut the food into more manageable pieces and try another bite. It's possible we may have to chew very slowly. We may be still sitting at the table long after everyone else is finished. But, we take another bite and yet another until we've completed our meal...until we've reached our goal.
Being ambitious doesn't mean we will always enjoy the food, however. If we've put a good effort into eating a few bites but simply can't tolerate the taste, we should prepare something else. It's up to us to revise our recipe. And, it's OK to ask for help from a more experience cook. Just because we made it doesn't mean we have to finish it. We need to recognize it wasn't what we wanted and start again.
Do you ever use this phrase?
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