Hidden Nuggets Series #26 – “And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.” – II Kings 6:17
I have a guilty snack pleasure confession to make. I love Kraft Handi-Snacks Ritz Crackers ‘n Cheese Dip. Four crackers…compartment of processed cheese…sealed together in perfect harmony. Simply pull the plastic tab off the top and enjoy the yummy cheese ‘n cracker goodness. And only 100 calories to boot.
I’ve loved these all my life despite one annoying feature about the product…the little red stick. The 2” red stick has never worked for me. My irritation revolves around two things: cheese distribution and cracker stability.
First off, if you want the same amount of cheese on all the crackers you have to control how much cheese is spread onto each cracker. The stick makes this difficult. I usually end up putting too much cheese on the first cracker and then having none left for the last one.
The stick is also renowned for breaking the cracker in half, unless you hold it daintily with your pinky up like you are sipping a cup of tea. The cracker must be laid out on a completely flat surface or there is a greater than average chance the cracker splits when the stick spreads on the cheese glob. Don’t try to hold the cracker in the palm of your hand or between your thumb and index finger either. Neither of those methods solves the soft cracker vs. hard stick problem.
Clearly I have issues.
I’ve put up with that red stick for 25+ years, resigned to the fact I have to use it. That all changed recently, when I had a Handi-Snacks revelation.
One day during morning break at our school, I accidentally pulled off the plastic wrapping too hard. My jerky motion jarred the package and caused the red stick to drop to the floor. Great.
Well, I certainly wasn’t using a dirty stick to spread my cheese. So I looked at the teacher’s table for a plastic knife. Nothing.
So there I stand…helpless…a lummox holding his crackers ‘n cheese. What am I supposed to do without anything to spread the cheese?
I looked at the package and considered using my finger. That’s when I began to notice some interesting features about the packaging. The width of the cheese container is the same width as the cracker container. “Hmmm…” I thought. “Could I just scoop out the cheese with the cracker?”
I picked up a cracker and lowered it into the cheese. It was a perfect fit. Smiling, I finished my snack as the Hallelujah Chorus rang through my head.
I’ve never used the stick to spread the cheese again.
So many aspects of this breakthrough moment intrigue me.
My first thought was who are the packaging geniuses that thought of this? They’re brilliant. Keep them on staff Kraft.
My second thought…how did I miss this all these years?
I concluded it’s because I’m a sucker for routines. I’ve developed some good ones over the years to help guide me in many aspects of my life. I have a routines for brushing my teeth, for taking a five minute shower, for keeping track of my keys and wallet, for loading the dishwasher and for organizing my email. In this case, I’d been doing the same thing over and over, year after year since childhood – caught in a cheese spreading rut. I never considered there might be an alternative way to eat them.
I didn’t change my way of thinking until I was faced with a dilemma. Until that time my mind could not conceive of an alternative way to eat this snack without the utilizing the stick. That all changed when I was forced to improvise. My eyes were opened to new possibilities I had never dreamed of.
I simply had a cheese-spreading revelation. How about you? Are there areas of your life that need a fresh look? What routines are you stuck in? Have you been only thinking one way for a long time – content to be in your financial, emotional, relational or spiritual rut?
What’s it going to take to open your eyes to see new possibilities?
Questions: Do you like routines or are you one to simply go with the flow? How do you break free from bad routines? Anyone else enjoy Handi-Snacks Crackers ‘n Cheese?
For similar reading about eye openers, life perspective and changing habits check out Grayson’s post this week at Debt Roundup “A Sobering Moment of Reflection” and Sam’s (Financial Samurai) post at Get Rich Slowly entitled “Can we really change our financial habits if our backs aren’t against the wall?”
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