If things are feeling finite and you are feeling unfulfilled, limited or “serious” – maybe it’s time to think a little smaller – that’s right, smaller. Rather than asking yourself the big questions (why am I here, who am I?) and feeling frustrated if you don’t know the answers or if the answers don’t line up with where you are in your life at this very moment, take it down a notch and start thinking about the small, subtle ways you show up in your life and the lives of others.
Us “all or nothingers” tend to be pretty hard on ourselves. You mean you AREN’T on the UN Peace Council yet? You AREN’T running your own wellness center? You AREN’T doing what you love to do FULL TIME? You DON’T have this food thing sorted out yet? The part of us that sets those unrealistically high expectations that have to happen NOW will tell us we may as well just pack our bags and go home. However, sometimes we need to think small to think big.
I guarantee you that you are important to someone, somewhere. And that there are things you do throughout the course of your day that impart meaning to the lives of those you come into contact with. Is it the smile you exchanged with the clerk at the coffee shop? Or that you held the door open for the little old lady in your building? Or that you phoned your friend to let her know you care? These things may seem like small things, but they have the power to extend beyond you and vibrate grace on a scale you likely cannot fathom. So, if you are feeling restless and impatient, start where you are. And as always, be gentle with yourself.
In my (recipe) book, summer equals simple. Simple and fresh. So what follows may seem a bit boring and underwhelming, but, like with the above post, it’s one of those seemingly innocuous things that really has the power to hit summer home.
Zucchini Medley Salad
1 zucchini (spiralized or peeled into strips using a veggie peeler)
½ an orange pepper, diced
1 sweet corn, with corn sliced off the husk
½ an avocado, chopped (optional)
Juice of one lime
¼ tsp sea salt
Dash of pepper
Assemble ingredients and enjoy!