I pretty much love everything about sprinkles—they are such little things, but they have the power to transform. As soon as you shake a few atop something ordinary, be it yogurt, toast, oatmeal, a donut or ice cream, it instantly becomes more special. Sprinkles are tiny, colorful, happy and extremely easy to use. But, before you can benefit from their magic, you have to get some and then, you must remember to use them. In my perfect world, there would be a bottle of sprinkles set on every table, right next to the salt and pepper. We instinctively reach for salt and pepper when we taste food and discover it to be too bland. We know that we can quickly adjust our eating experience to our specific and unique tastes, and we do. Sprinkles however are less about the palate and more about presentation—not so much about how the food tastes, but how we anticipate and feel about the experience of eating. So, now imagine the next time you are seated at a restaurant, there is a bottle of sprinkles on the table. You ask your host what they are for and she explains that they are for you, to use as you see fit. Puzzled you reply, "But aren't sprinkles for dessert? Do I put them on my salad, or the mashed potatoes?"
"No, silly, on the conversation! Yes, sprinkles are for dessert, but think about it. You'll never stay for dessert unless you are truly enjoying yourself, and while we hope the food tastes good, you most likely didn't come for the menu. You came for the company. You came to enjoy each other, to step away from routine and build rapport—to invest in your relationship. We place sprinkles on the table to remind you to be intentional with this time together—to sprinkle these moments you share with kindness, curiosity and creativity. When you do this, you'll want to linger (longer) and then we'll bring you ice cream, for the sprinkles!"
Ok, so I'm still working on this analogy of mine, and this dream of sprinkles on every table, but I like it enough to share it with you and I hope you'll help me fine tune it and achieve it.
First, you'll need to get some actual sprinkles if you don't already have any in your cupboard. Then, you'll need to put them where you will see them and think about how to use them, both literally and figuratively. When you use them, tell me about it. Post to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and share your sprinkle moments. Use the hashtag #everydaysprinkles and tag me @everydaysprinkles or @stacyjulian — together we'll help each adjust attitudes and habits, so that we live with more anticipation and energy. Together we can choose not to make life about the routine of living, but about the people we love and the opportunity we have to be curious, creative and compassionate. These are the efforts that will bring more "dessert" into our days and more delight into our marriages, families and homes.
I say, "Pass the sprinkles!"