A new mindset is growing on what matters and what doesn’t. 

As the sun sank down over the lake at the Beach Bar recently, the conversation turned to how each of us has changed our mindset on what matters and what doesn’t.

With the new mindset, what used to be considered “annoying” has changed.  

When you hear of friends who are sick with COVID, or worse, you change your perspective. 

  • Someone cutting the line in front of you in the grocery store just doesn’t matter. They may be rushing to get back to their kids or someone who is sick 
  • Missing a TV show you wanted to watch just doesn’t matter. You can always find it on the internet someday 
  • Finding that a store is sold out of a special they advertised just doesn’t matter. You discover something else just as wonderful. 
  • Someone distracted at a red light causing a delay just doesn’t matter. You simply smile in understanding.
  • Forgetting to buy a key ingredient for dinner just doesn’t matter. You just adapt. 

Letting these types of things pass through us is liberating.  It’s like the meditation teaching that, “as you hear sounds or think thoughts let them just pass through you. Don’t hold onto them.”

Overall, I’m really liking this new mindset. It reduces my stress. Give it a try!

Recipe for Today

A simple test of the quality of your bourbon or rye whiskey. 

Yesterday my wife and I did video cocktails with friends in Scotland.  When we connected, I showed them how to make a proper mint julep.   

For fun I made three versions – using a $20 bourbon from a Big Company plus two higher quality whiskeys, our Paddle Wheel (95 score) and Deckhand (97 score). 

I precisely measured each mint julep and gently muddled just 1 teaspoon of simple syrup with 5 mint leaves. Then, I added 2 ounces of bourbon/rye and stirred with ice for 40 revolutions.   

I was surprised to learn at how much better the better quality bourbon/rye made the mint julep.

I then made a mint julep using the $20 bourbon and three times more sugar (1/2 ounce of simple syrup). Suddenly, the cheap bourbon julep tasted decent – but frankly too sweet for my tastes. 

The overall lesson was a julep with light sugar is a great way to test the quality of your bourbon or rye.