Monday, July 1, 2013

Don't regret regret


I came across a speech “Don’t regret regret” by Kathryn Schulz. She is a journalist, author, and public speaker. Her speech had a direct effect on me and made me stop procrastinating attempting to make a dessert which I had put off because of fear of failure.

To start I had this paper in my recipe folder for ages....

Please note milk is missing in the note below. Use 2/3 cup low fat milk.


It was given to me by my Quay Lo and I kept it in my drawer for quite some time. Usually, I am quite excited about new recipes and it isn't very long before I try it. However, this time I put off attempting the recipe for a long time. I had tried making pudding cakes from other recipes several times in the past and I always regretted it when I did. I never seemed to get it right and the outcomes were disappointing. So was I regretting regret through my procrastination? Let me answer by saying how much I am thankful for hearing Kathryn's speech. 

She said, “We need to love the flawed and imperfect things that we create and forgive ourselves for creating them. Regret does not remind us that we did badly. It reminds us to know that we can do better.” 

It sounds almost unbelievable but immediately after hearing her talk I got that piece of paper out of my drawer and went into my kitchen to make the pudding cake. To my surprise, although I judged that it did not come out perfect, the taste and texture were better than I had expected, and it was actually quite good. Not only that, but the attempt helped me to identify ways to improve the recipe to get to a more perfect result. I was happy that I learned an important lesson today and that is not to regret regret.  It interferes with our learning.



13 comments:

  1. Nobody's perfect...and perfection may not be within our reach but that should not stop us from trying. A journey of a thousand li begins with the first step, however small!

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  2. Excellent Advice and nice looking puddings.

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  3. great advice , I have made these, they are yummy! A bit fussy to make though,

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  4. Ooh, what pretty little pudding cakes!

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  5. That's a very positive advise! Never regret regrets. I'd learned something new today.

    Nice pudding cake u have there....

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  6. they do look perfect! It's always a bonus to find recipes that bring back memories and learning points!!! Pudding cakes seem a little tedious to make but I bet it was worthwhile!

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  8. Thanks for all your comments. Appreciate it very much.

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  9. Thanks for sharing, and the pudding look very tempting !

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  10. That's a very inspiring speech. Will keep that in mind and also the lovely pudding cake!

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  11. would love to try the lemon pudding cake! well snapped and mouth-watering photo as well :)

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  12. The message of not regretting regret is a strong argument. Basically trying and doing your best is the most important factor. The results will follow, as anyone who tries your recipe should keep in mind. Thank you for including the recipe. An old saying holds true in that practice makes perfect.


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