Reach for a large mixing bowl – we call it life.
Get your ingredients ready.
Break up kindness into small pieces – each doable, real and in-front of your eyes
Melt away the hardened heart and soften all with acceptance
Pour in lots of gratitude and appreciation – you can never have too much
Stir vigorously with humour, presence and story
Cover with forgiveness, compassion, prayer and silence
Sift out regret, comparison and greed – assign them to the compost bin
A pinch of courage – the greatest victory is born from such a pinch
A dash of openness to learn
A tablespoon of listening – in fact, make it three, never too much listening
A daily teaspoon of dreaming, passion and risk
A sprinkle of the ordinary and the everyday – too many chefs’ focus on the fancy and tinsel when one cannot better the love touched, home cooked meal
Mix together with some common sense, patience (with self and other) and fun
A cup of awe, beauty and creativity – in whatever form yours takes
Add a little time wasted, pottering about, doing little and doing nothing
Wrap all in humility – gently, for “there but for the grace of God goeth I”
Like leaven – never bake without forgiveness
Bake in the oven of life’s journey with its ups and downs, its goods times and its not so good times
Serve generously and often – serve with a good wine and a good story
Serve to those you love and to yourself and always – yes always – as the prophets did of old – leave a place at the table for those who have nothing or the stranger who will always knock on our life’s door!