Eight Answers to Eight Questions
Sure.... things get over done, under done, stay pretty raw, go cold, curdle, come out all right, look OK but turn out different to how you thought it would, smell great until you see the mould, turn sour, go stale and even burn.
Who has the recipe for the perfect life anyway?
Its all about experimenting along the way Isn't it?
Tasting a little of this... Swollowing some of that... Spitting out the chunks... Regurgitaing the stuff that doesn't sit well. Like an old cow chewing it over and forcing it back down even though you didn't like it the first time around and hell maybe even getting to the point of vomiting some of the self absorbed crap and flushing it once and for all.
Some of lifes ingredients can Look Sound Taste Feel and Smell really bad sometimes but no one says you have to injest them.
And then on the other hand there are so many ingredients that are just the contrary and make such a wonderful recipe if your not to scared to give them a little try.
Compassion, understanding , tolerance, acceptance, kindness, friendship, thoughtfulness, trust, honour, self awareness, honesty
caring, sharing, selflessness, respect and being true to yourself
A tinkture of happiness
And a spattering of love to bind it all together.
I used to look at other peoples recipe's and think, if only I'd had their ingredients, my life would be so much better, different, richer, better... I'd be forever trying to add some of their ingredients to my recipe but it never seemed to work out as good. Or would end in complete failure... I couldn't work out what the missing ingredient was.
Then it dawned on me one day...I'd been leaving out the most important ingredient. Me!
Then I realised that I was the crafter of my own very unique recipe.
It was my recipe with a list of family ingredients inhrerited via chromozomes. Ideas, traditions and belief systems passed down verbally and through actions and observation form generation to generation.
I discovered eventually that I had the opportunity to distil my own recipe from all of this...
Some ingredients just didn't taste right, sound right, smell right, look right, or particularly feel right. Some ingredients I discovered were well past their use by date. Some of the traditional ones had lost their impact or were too tired and worn to keep ... and as the glut of passed down traditional family recipe's festered and fermented away in my gut from year to year...
I suddenly realised that had the chance to add my own fresher healthier less self limiting ingredients, spice things up a little and create a new recipe to suit my own palette.
My recipe is still a work in progress and I have no regrets even though some of the ingredients were quite un palettable and stank at the time.
I'm still adding new ingredients and am discarding ones that have lost their potency
It is never to late to start cooking...