Living It at Home

One Moment at a Time …

Sunday croissant.

For most of our time on this planet, human beings have known all they could do in any situation was to keep depending on foraging, hunting, gathering, sowing, reaping and sticking together just to stay alive. To seek out, share and take advantage of whatever they could find or had at hand. And then hopefully gather around the fire to sustain themselves and each other, perhaps to sing and give thanks for making it through another day.

“Living It at Home”, continued:

And it strikes me now that the more things change, the more what matters most remains the same — especially when other forces seem beyond our control or understanding. We need to keep trusting and supporting our gut. We need to ground our bellies. It’s essential that we take the time to look up, around, and back inside again, so we can realize how many truly simple things can still be relied upon to make such a big difference. And we can choose to do them every day.

I’ve started making a list. Because lately I haven’t even felt like cooking, and when that instinctively creative inspiration goes missing, I feel cut off from life itself. So it’s critical to find a way to come home to myself. And that somehow always starts with the core support in a well-stocked pantry.

So why not …

  • Go to the farmers’ market and stock up. I’ve often claimed the life-giving energy in that timeless scene, which continues to overflow with freshness and vital exchange, can cure whatever ails us.
  • Think comfort food and start putting together a primal pot of soup.
  • Braise onions in butter, bake bread, or just make toast to slather with almond butter and apricot jam to further scent the air with nutty sweetness.
  • Have a friend over for tea.
  • Roast a chicken, bake potatoes, or make macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget your peas and carrots!
  • Get some flaky croissants and pain au chocolat to stash in the freezer and later heat up for a Sunday morning treat.
  • Go sit at your favorite café to feel and participate in your community connection.
  • Take a walk and scuffle autumn leaves. Go for a bike ride. Or sit down in the park and turn your lunch into a picnic. Just find a way to let Mother Nature help you put things in perspective to refresh your screen and re-energize yourself from the inside out.
  • Focus on the feast, so we can all come home to ourselves and each other.
  • It’s time to move on from random to intentional acts of kindness, so cook up a storm and set the table with care.
  • It’s time to open our hearts and plan for Givingthanks together.
  • Think food to feed our souls. Make hot biscuits and gravy.
  • And be sure to light the candles before everything’s dished up. To capture and honor that moment of arrival each and every day. To soften the surroundings as we reflect on the communal fire within.
  • Come to the table with positively engaging ideas and discoveries to share.
  • Pace yourself to chew slowly, pause in between and savor each bite, as we take it all in.
  • Infuse the moment with sustaining grace and delight.
  • Feel, give and say thank you.
  • Come home to cooking.

Of course, I’m talking to myself here, but I hope you’ll listen in and raise your glass to join in this family blessing and toast to us all.

Thank you for this feast from Mother Nature
and all the helping hands it took to put it on our table.

Here’s to harmony, health and happiness,
love and laughter,
and if we just pay attention,
treasure all around.

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À la Joie et Bon Appétit! — Kay

Kay and Maggie dance.
Doing the dance as the beat goes on …