So, let’s talk about cooking! How do you feel about it? Maybe you just love being in the kitchen with your mad chef hat on, ingredients lined up on the counter, flour flying one way, sugar flying the other as you create all kinds of yummy dishes.
Me? I’m not a fan. I won’t even try to fib or lie or sugar coat this: friends, cooking is not on the top of my “favorite things to do list.” If I could get out of cooking every day, I would, but I’m afraid that wouldn’t go over very well. So, I simply cook to keep my tribe alive (also I think it might be the 11thcommandment…thou shalt feed your people.)
Today – I spent most of my afternoon in the kitchen doing some prep work for the week. The next few days will be busier than normal in my world and I don’t want my family to starve so I worked hard to get ahead. There was chopping and dicing and baking and slicing and mixing and steaming!! The kitchen was abuzz with activity and I was in the zone.
Two hours later the refrigerator was filled, fresh veggies washed and cut, yummy snacks prepared and in containers and even a few dinner dishes mixed up and ready to just pop in the oven. After I cleaned up the kitchen, I sat down with a piece of pecan pie and gave myself a mental pat on the back for getting the job done.
What does any of this have to do with joy or beauty???
Well, when I thought about spending my day in the kitchen I wasn’t too thrilled. I might have even been questioning why I couldn’t live in a mansion, wear a crown and have a full kitchen staff to take care of things like this. But in the end, when I was all finished, I felt really good about how I had spent my day. My family is prepared for and I’m headed in to the week feeling somewhat ahead of schedule. (Don’t get used to that from me…it doesn’t happen often)
That feeling brought joy to my heart and peace to my soul. Tonight, I will sleep a little better knowing I’m ahead of the game. It really is just the simple things that can make all the difference.
What simple, seemingly insignificant task did you complete today that made your world feel a little more peaceful and beautiful?