Don't Engage in Crystal Ball Thinking.

Last night for dinner, I made zoodles. Specifically, zucchini noodles in a cashew cream.

In my mind, this sauce was going to taste like an Alfredo--and I was so excited. While cooking, I reminisced about my college days when my roommate and I prepared some of our first meals together--one of which happened to be a pasta with Alfredo sauce, topped with sauteed zucchini. "This is going to be great," I smiled.

After tossing the spiralized zucchini and cashew cream together, I took a bite. I was immediately hit with the realization that this sauce didn't taste anything like Alfredo. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't the creamy, savory yumminess that I was expecting. The sentimental vision I had of my roommate and me quickly evaporated.

I attempted to jazz up the dish, took a few more bites and happily discovered that I was actually enjoying my food! It didn't taste the way I thought it would but truthfully, nowhere in the recipe did it promise to be a pasta Alfredo with sauteed zucchini...

Yesterday was also the day that I released my web and social media sites into the world. Putting myself out there so publicly felt like risky business. What if no one followed me? Or liked anything I shared? What if I invited people to my page and got no response? Regardless, I knew what I needed to do. I felt the fear and moved forward anyway, thinking that I'd post my work and my thoughts, even if it was just for myself.

To my pleasure, I got notes from friends and colleagues congratulating me and saying all sorts of beautiful things. The afternoon was sunny and warm, and I floated around thinking, Sallie Field-style, "...you like me, right now, you like me!"

Are you afraid of taking action toward something you want? Anxious about taking the next step--or even the very first step? What are you expecting to happen if you move forward? Could it be that your experience may be different from what you're anticipating? (Thanks, zoodles!) Could you be open to the possibility that the outcome may be better than you imagined?

Try not to engage in Crystal Ball Thinking, where you predict what's going to happen in the future. Feel the relief of realizing that you don't know what will happen, and that you may even be pleasantly surprised. Now wouldn't that be nice?

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
— Forrest Gump
Denise Csaky