A cup of mixed fruits from a farmers' market: €1.50
A serving of fruit macedonia (fresh fruit salad)
a restaurant rated 4 stars by TripAdvisor: € 5
I had both in Verona, Italy on a trip there this summer.
I enjoyed the cup of mixed fruits from the farmers' market more than the fruit macedonia from the restaurant. Why? Because I love tropical fruits. It has watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi, pineapple, and banana. Moreover, the macedonia is too sour. It has orange wedges, cantaloupe, apple, pineapple, and a scoop of lemon gelato. The fruits served, in addition, are themselves sour. Maybe they were not yet that ripe. With that combination of fruits, a lemon gelato would make it even sourer. And considering that ice cream is cold, eating it with a sour fruit salad is torture to the teeth.
So there, I feasted on the fruit mix from the farmers' market with pure delight. I ate the fruit macedonia with remorse.
Same thing in life. We may have a lot, but if we don’t have exactly what we want; we will never be satisfied. It doesn’t matter how cheap or small. If that’s what makes you happy, it will give you a feeling of contentment. You may have a hundred bottles of perfume in your closet, but if you don’t have your favorite scent, you will never be as pleased. Having many doesn’t equate to being complete. Being expensive doesn’t mean being able to fulfill your needs.
And sometimes an ordinary food stall can win over a 4-star restaurant.