posted: July 27, 2009
I love food. There – I said it. Welcome to my world, where everything can be whipped into a mélange of food metaphors. And thus begins my debut blog entry about another topic that I am equally passionate about: balance.
Life hands us lots of choices. As a young girl, my hungry imagination cooked up an image of mile-long buffet table. That’s how I see my life. It is possible to run with this analogy in a million directions, but for now, I want to remind us all to stop between “courses” and savor the sweet time that we experience when we clear our life’s plate of responsibilities. Of course, not all of us can lick our plates clean all the time, but we can certainly reflect and enjoy the reward of accomplishment before rushing back to the buffet to fill up on more choices.
We live in a world that is perpetually on fast-forward. Time to sit down for 3 meals a day? Rare. Yet we all know that we reap great physical and emotional benefits when we stop and sit to eat – even more so when we do it in the company of loved ones. These benefits transcend mealtimes – intentional stillness leads to personal reflection, a practice that is widely forgotten in the culture that we live in. “DO IT NOW!” has its place, and so does “BREATHE.” Don’t forget to breathe.
Summer is here. The kids are out of school. Change is in the air, and fresh blueberries are almost in season. What accomplishment are you going to reflect on today?