The above frittata took from me five eggs, three stalks of red chard, half a zucchini, a block of feta, an onion, some garlic and a tablespoon of coconut oil, and what did it give back in return?
A giant, sloppy mess.
With browned edges.
And rose-colored liquid all over the counter.
In short, DISASTER.
Now can I be honest with you? People, I have days (ok, weeks) like that frittata, and I don’t mean in the kitchen. There are times (recent times) where I feel like I’m investing a lot of hours, energy, effort, what-have-you into something (say, self-employment), expecting certain results, and when those results don’t come: DISASTER! Panic! Stay out of my way!
It’s not pretty. Again, kind of like that frittata.
If I let myself, I can get very tunnel-visioned about these things, where I see only the frittatas of my life and none of the bright blue skies, none of the curried chicken salad, none of the brain-food cookbooks (giveaway ends tonight!), none of the garden tomatoes.
D. Martyn Lloyd Jones said when you get discouraged, you should talk to yourself—or really, I think he said you already are talking to yourself, going over and over all the things that are super frustrating, and that’s what’s making you discouraged—so to combat it, you’ve gotta’ turn that mental conversation around, kind of like David did in the Psalms with his “Why are you cast down? … Hope in God!”
You could call it counting your blessings I guess, and it may look like writing a good things list or recounting grace to yourself or maybe even telling other people, on Twitter, on Flickr, on three-hour phone calls, on this little blog, how blessed you are, but whatever the case, listen: the more you do it, the more you change inside.
It’s like it really doesn’t matter what’s grabbing your brain these days—stress at work, stress with friends, worry about the future, fear about direction—you can walk through it with grace when you stop and see how full your hands are.
At least I’m finding mine are.
So along those lines, and to get you up-to-date on a variety of things I’ve been meaning to get you up-to-date on, I present a list. Of good things. Feel free to share your own, and we can, you know, talk to ourselves together:
- Another year of life and a whole day to celebrate it.
- Working for myself like I always wished I could.
- Vacations, with hotel nights paid for by my generous brother.
- Last-minute coffee with friends on random Tuesday nights.
- Lovely food blogs I always look forward to reading like A Little Ginger, A Sweet Spoonful, Happy Jack Eats (who’s getting married three weeks from tomorrow!), Anthimeria and so many more.
- Cool sponsors who buy advertising here.
- Beautiful things.
- Beautiful promises.
Life is good.
***I’ll choose a winner for this giveaway at 5 PM CST tonight, so check back there a little after that to see who won! And I’ll be back next week with a cool new recipe I can’t wait to tell you about.