Over the last few weeks it seems like everything is popping up braided bread. Well it’s called Challa, realistically, but that’s not realistically what I am sharing with you today. Really, the Challa and its beautiful braided finish was just the inspiration behind today’s bread. It was the thing that got my thoughts fired up, my ideas flowing, my creative wheels turning.
Sometimes you just need that. You need that little trigger thing that can push you into your creativity zone and out of your rut or out of your self-criticizing zone. That place where you end up where you second guess everything, or doubt everything, or think nothing is good enough or will be good enough, or will turn out right. That place where you are just in a negative funk: kind of down on yourself, kind of a closed book to new ideas or options and kind of not really in your optimal ambitious, motivated state.
And it’s times like these when we need to go back to basics. It’s this state of over-complicating things and over-thinking things and hyper-planning things that pushes us too far over the edge and clouds our vision and understanding of that person we know we are and the things we know we are capable of. You can picture it like just going back to learning how to make the bread dough, before you made all the fancy different types of bread: at the root of each of those types of bread is the basic, yet remarkable ability to make quality bread dough that you can turn from flour and water into something soft, and risen and beautiful.
Back to basics means having gratitude and respect for just these little things. But not discounting them, or downplaying them as a little thing. Maybe more like a simple thing. It’s all about the simple things. We spend a lot of time worrying about perfecting the grand thing and doing it right for ourselves and for others, and yet forget that at the base of it is a simple thing: be grateful for the simple thing.
And that’s where I am today: trying to stay present in a world full of distractions and just practice gratitude for the simple things. The idea that we are here and can have bread and share bread, even if it’s not gluten free, and the idea that we get to soak up a sunrise, revel in a sunset, stand out in the fresh air. And it seems trivial, but at the root of it all, is a sunrise and a sunset. Stand outside, breathe in the fresh air and be grateful for the sunrise. Indeed it is another day.