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  • Writer's pictureSharon Krasny

Catch of the Day

These shrimp chips are really good, a true find at Costco. I was hesitant to try them at first because I never really thought of adding shrimp to my chips, but on a moment of feeling adventurous decided why not. The serving size is equivalent to 40 chips, which is more than enough. The taste is delicate with hints of garlic and just a bit of the seafood flavor of the namesake. My family loves them.

This is not a paid endorsement for the product. The real moral comes in that I only bought one bag. Upon returning to the store, I found the bin empty and the sign removed as if they never existed for sale there before. The search was on.

Two months, four Costco stores in two states later, I found them once again back on the shelf in my very own store. After the hoarding frenzy of March, I resisted the urge to stock up and only purchased two bags instead of one. I had learned my lesson by just buying one.

The lesson, however, was not in self preservation by stocking shrimp chips. I found the challenge of the wait to be intriguing. The more I scouted and came up empty handed, the more the desire to succeed grew. A sense of conquering the elusive goal provided the stimulation I needed to persevere. That’s the nature of failure. Each time I failed in finding my goal, I had a choice. I could give up and call the shrimp chips unworthy of my pursuit, or I could dig a little deeper, grow my resolve a little stronger, and begin to develop a plan of action.

Shopping can be viewed as a burdensome necessity or a strategy game of wits in pursuit of the best bargain. No one, however, should ever consider life as burdensome, but to see life as a strategy game that requires a perspective shift. Choices, based on beliefs that what we value is worth pursuing and that we are worth being the ones to pursue, determine our actions. Actions lead to failures and more choices with the ultimate goal of success kept in sight. Maybe the hardest part of that equation to success is keeping the end goal in sight as distractions present themselves along the way. Maybe the hardest part is the perseverance necessary to keep going when life knocks us down. No matter the hardest part, believing we have enough value to own our dream, was for me the most difficult lesson of all to learn.

While I do highly recommend trying these shrimp chips, I also have learned to keep checking back to home base, remember what I set out to achieve, and taking on the challenges to go and do just that – find the value in who I am.

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