How’s Your Pu Pu Platter?

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When life hands you a pu pu platter, do whatever you can to make the best of what’s on it. Some pu pus you’ll love and want to devour, others will appear to be actual poo poo. But however it looks to you, you have the power to change it. Like add some ketchup, sriracha, chilies, or just order a new pu pu .

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Obviously this year has been a year unlike any that any of us have experienced, and I am glad to report that my platter has been been more pu than poo.

Here’s my list of how my pus were not poos. Maybe you can think of your own – or several different ones.

  1. Positive challenge pu – I was reluctant to take a bit of a leap into working on something that was really new to me. Ok, it was a pretty big leap. I knew there was a lot of learning and work to do, which I always welcome and know that I will grow in some way. But I knew this work would bring me to a place of greater exposure which was uncomfortable for me! But I was stuck! I knew I had to dive in, so I accepted a mild challenge from a very special friend who brought me into another dimension of a world I didn’t know I needed or could be in. And it has been awesome. I know it sounds obscure, but you get the idea. I just had to be brave in a weird time.
  2. Intellectual growth pu – The last few months I have learned so much about more than than I thought I could in a short amount of time, and more than I knew I needed to. Why did did underestimate myself? I guess that was one of the poos on my platter. But now, I am fortunate to not only have learned a bunch of valuable knowledge and am in the process of working on associated skills.
  3. Socially positive pu – Even in this pu/poo platter of 2020, I managed to stay fairly human and connect to a new batch of people I am learning from. I have stayed connected to my #BFFs, old and new. All just the best people for which I can rely on and they on me, there to offer warm words yet also call each other out on our feeble attempts to tell ourselves some BS – a real self-sabotage technique we’ve all tried! Thank goodness for them! They are driven and ambitious. They are goal-setters and achievers. They are molders and givers. Without them, my pu pu platter would probably have been the kind offered in A Bug’s Life. Not the kind I want. But each to their own.

How’s your pu pu platter?

Special thanks to LaVonna xoxo

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Meat On Sticks

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I bet you thought of “Something About Mary” didn’t you? Well, that’s not where I’m going with this.

You see them in all urban areas, people with their signs who need help. Harmless, but it makes you wonder how people up this way.

So today as I walked by a young guy with his head down, reading his sign. I appreciated the fact that he would work for food. I walked a couple blocks and stopped at a food cart. Not just the hot dog cart, but the kebab cart. I actually took into consideration this guy’s need for appropriate food. What if he was allergic to the nitrites in the hot dog? Yes, I seriously think of these things.  So I went the kebab cart next to the hot dog cart, asked the cross-eyed gentleman for a chicken kebab and a water.

After the chicken was ready, I walked back the couple of blocks and said hello to the boy who is down on his luck.  He looked like he hadn’t eaten for a couple of days, or was coming off something, not sure. But regardless, he needed to eat.

When he looked up, his dreary eyes lit up as much as they could. He was happy in that moment. I saw gratitude. Definitely not like the time I bought a coffee for a lady and then she had the nerve to ask if I stirred it. He accepted the meat on the stick (and in a bun) with the water very graciously and carefully unwrapped it to eat. That meat on a stick made someone’s day today.


I crossed the street and watched him enjoy his chicken. That made me smile.