Being Present

DSC 1479Sometimes, it all comes down to a few basic ingredients.  It's not always about the most exotic spices, or the gourmet sauce, or the exotic type of fish from remote island waters.  Don't get me wrong, I love nothing more than discovering new and exciting taste sensations.  But pork roast and potatoes can be just as satisfying.

I grew up on routine, fairly bland dishes.  After salt and pepper, there were not many other spices to be found in my mother's kitchen.  I learned about seasoning, sauces, and meats other than beef and pork as I grew up and interacted with different families and with different cultures.

So too, in my life, I expanded beyond safe, secure routines of going to work, coming home, and the occasional night at the movies.  I tried my hand at owning a business, singing with a band, writing music, riding a motorcycle.  These may not be the most exotic things a person can do, but they took me outside of the experiences I had known all my life and each one expanded my horizons.

And now, due to the physical condition I have mentioned in this blog, I am back to the basics while I wait for a surgery date.  The most I can do is go to work, come home, watch a little TV and sleep.  And I find I am content.  Without the buzz and chatter in my head that goes along with keeping social activities, work deadlines, and volunteer commitments all going at once, I find I am enjoying my days at work so much more.  I am fully present to the work I do and to the people I supervise in ways I never have been before.  Although I have always loved this work I do, there is depth of satisfaction in it that I had not experienced prior to this time of limited activity. 

Also, I find my time at home that much more restful.  I really thought I would do more writing since I eliminated most of my outside commitments.  But instead, I am taking more time to simply be.  I linger over a book and a cup of coffee.  I watch TV as a way of allowing myself to drift away from stress and anxiety.  I sleep more.

It makes no difference that my life is simplified out of necessity.  I am back to a few basic ingredients and I have come to appreciate the sustaining nourishment they provide.  This too, is the main meal, in every way as satisfying as a serving from a five star restaurant.

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Betty Brink has lived her life in many different stages, wearing many different hats. She attended 3 separate colleges, and was eventually awarded an MBA on her 40th birthday. She has lived in four different states and, in her own words, has "worked every job in the history of man, except the oldest profession." She loves reading, writing, making soap, making lotion, cooking, playing music and singing. Currently, she's living the dream, feasting on each and every now moment in southern California.

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