Thursday, July 30, 2009
Don't Drown Your Food
When I was a kid they used to air a cartoon called, "Don't Drown Your Food," geared to get kids to eat their food without mayo and other loaded sauces. My grandma used to lecture me whenever I would add ketchup, or salt/pepper to a steak. She would scold me saying something like, "You need to learn to appreciate your food the way it is, uncomplicated." She would then go on to explain that she was happy just to have a steak when she grew up during the depression. (I think we are calling it a recession these days.)
The principle of appreciating the simple things is one that easily moves across the board from the dinner table to everyday living.
Often times we seem to complicate our lives by feeling the need to have the newest contraption, that fancy new gad-ga-thingy, a brand new gazillion-inch tricked out movie system, etc. In the end we find our homes and our lives filled with more and more stuff begging for our attention and use. We seem to keep drowning our food with more sauces.
In the end it sure seems like we can miss the forest for the trees. It was for good reason that Thoreau wrote, "Simplify, simplify, simplify." Sometimes the most filling food in our life comes from the most simple of things.
For example, rather than sitting in a room with our significant other staring blankly at a fancy-esk projection unit, we could (are you ready for this?)...turn it off and go for a walk around the block together, or find a local park trail to walk. Rather than feeling the need to go somewhere exotic for vacation we could spend a fraction of the cost and get a tent, sleeping bags and air mattress (if you don't have them) and go camping. Or if you can't get away, set the tent up indoors.
As we continue to see the economy slow down we can choose to panic because we can't afford the sauce we continually drown our food with. Or we can choose to find simple, low cost things to do and appreciate the simple pleasures in this life that the majority in this world only dream of enjoying.
Think back. What are the most memorable events in your own childhood/life? Chances are they are when you did something out of the ordinary, that was creative, and probably came as a result of needing to simplify.