receive while giving
November 23, 2011 § 3 Comments
Well, you may ask, how does one do so? It is the holiday season. Some look forward to it so much they are obsessed in making sure everyone is in the house(from far and near), has an equal piece of roast, enough wine, a slice of pumpkin pie and a garnish of sage or cranberry on every dish. Then there are others who hide when they hear the word “holiday”. I had become one of the later. Having been in the food industry only for a few years, every holiday season is clouded with memories of endless pie orders, non-stop baking, slicing, and icing etc. It’s the “good busy”, I always hear. Yes, it sure is.
A few days ago, I read a post about light by the lovely Shauna. It sparked my attention because, it was simple but so sincere and heartwarming. The soft sunlight shines through the window, squeezing itself between white blinds and grey curtains, finding its way into the kitchen and sets a glistering moment. After lackadaisically throwing a sweet potato in a 350F oven, I opened the oven door to find a beam of bright evening sun. Immediately, I thought of the post I read and though, in my own world, thought of a connection being made.
While everyone has their ways of showing appreciation, I believe that giving sometimes go beyond the gesture of physically delivering a meal, handmade present, a card etc. Of course, those are fundamentally a big thank you to express gratitudes, without them I would be quite disappointed and the same goes for friends/family. Nevertheless, generosity stretched becomes an inward give to thyself.
I give constantly. In many ways I shouldn’t. A friend recently told me “Stop working for free!” But I can’t help it. I love to give. Photography, writing, a hand or two maybe three if I try harder. Though, I still think there is more to provide. When I see an article with a headline of “Pizza is a Vegetable“, and walk down the street to see children eating junk food, yes, I haven’t given enough. My mind is exploding with ideas of how to raise awareness and teach people how to create a healthy lifestyle.
So at this point, I look at the sweet potato and its lovely light, thinking of the meals cooked and cakes baked for friends and family, that rhetorical question came to mind. Eating the warmth, and homesickness away, I searched for the answer. It was simple, sheer peace. An emotional contentment no one else but you, can understand. Look around, whether you are with company or without, try to find a time when you gave someone something and took a little gasp of self-realization. Perhaps, your shoulder would lighten up?
Happy Thanksgiving (:
“For it is giving that we receive”- St. Francis of Assisi
Recipe for sweet potato, there is no recipe. Wash one darn good organic sweet potato, throw it in a 350F oven for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle some sea salt over it and enjoy.