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Find your childlike spirit – dream your reality!

Last night’s soup swap was a great success. I marveled at the way the same basic ingredients could be presented in such unique ways. Fall and winter vegetables teamed up with lentils and beans in many dishes, but each had its own flavor and texture. A “golden” ladle was given to the soup voted as overall favorite. The winner was a cherry dumpling soup! We tend to think of soup as an appetizer; a beginning to dining or a hearty stew-like main course for lunches. So this soup (along with the others – over a dozen in all) surprised and delighted everyone. We went away with recipes and new ways to combine basic pantry items that we get tired of, or use over and over in the same way. In reality, Grandma’s acorn squash and lentil soup tastes great, but we tire of the routine.



 

Jobs and Stuff

So let’s look at something that is also always there, and can get stale no matter how much we love it – our occupations. Do you remember when you were a child, dreaming of the careers you would have as an adult? As 5-year-olds, there were no boundaries – we planned futures as firemen, mommies and daddies, doctors and pilots. I decided to ask other writers this question: What would you be if you were not a writer?

At first my colleagues insisted that they would want to do nothing else except what they were doing at present. So I asked, if skill/talent/money/whatever was not in the way, what would they choose to be? Reality should play no part in their answer – there should be no logic attached. I wanted to hear what they would do if there were absolutely no boundaries –in this imaginary world, only their spirits were in charge!

 

Pretend Lives?

The answers were amazing –given the chance to throw aside the hackles of reality, a few stated they would be farmers, dancers, artists and singers. Without the requirements of formal education, others said they would be veterinarians, paleontologists, and physicists. The answers were exciting and eclectic – pipe organ player, rabbi, metalsmith, kitten photographer, ranch owner (where children could ride horses for free), Radio City Rockette, Indiana Jones, and many more. In the imaginary world, it didn’t matter whether we had long legs, beautiful voices, had degrees or owned acres of land. Not even the sky was the limit!

As adults, how can we unlock the doors that hold in these dreamy wishes, and make them a little part of our reality? Would we change if we gave our spirits control of our lives, instead of allowing logic and all the other things to handcuff us to a specific daily grind? Of course, I am not suggesting we all live completely in a dream world of our making. We all have to pay bills and taxes, raise children and do laundry. If we did something to fulfill a part of that inner desire, wouldn’t it only serve to make our lives better?

Instead of planning a vacation, what if you spun the globe, closed your eyes and pointed to a destination? You could begin your own Indian Jones adventure! What if you bartered for lessons in something you had interest in doing – dancing, acting, baking, or religious instruction? What if there were no boxes to define you? Dig deep – and uncover your passions!



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  1. Kathie

    I have had the honor of asking those questions for the past 30 years. Inspired by a couple of teachers at community college and Barbara Sher’s book, “Wishcraft”, I began a journey that continues today. Doing what I love and evoking that self-discovery in others is my passion. Rather than being a straight road, it has included many surprising paths and detours that include travel, workshops, cooking and facilitating all sorts of things.

    And speaking of soup – My friend Claire has been visiting from France and last night was our final dinner together. We went back and forth about going out to dinner or not. Finally deciding to stay in, I needed to think of something to make. A rainy evening (rare in Phoenix) called for something warm and comforting. Potato Soup! I’ll call this From the Pantry Potato Soup. To 4 cups milk heat almost to boil, add 1/4 cup Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix. Turn heat down to simmer and cook, stirring often to prevent burning, for 20 minutes. In a small skillet, saute 1/2 cup chopped onions in a bit of butter or EVOO. Add to Knorr and milk and stir well. Then add 1/2 cup Idahoan Original Mashed Potatoes and 1 cup diced ham (optional). Stir and add more potatoes for thicker soup if desired. Serve immediately with shredded cheese on top.

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