Friday, April 3, 2009

Art Blog: Life by the BATCH

Every Sunday morning, I have a set routine. I get up, feed the dog, turn on the TV and wait for the show “Sunday Morning” to come on. During the wait, I usually log on to my computer to check email, read tweets, and mentally plan my day. During the wait, I turn the sound down on the TV until my show starts because the sermons of Joel Olsteen are broadcast just before “Sunday Morning”. I have nothing against Olsteen or religion. I just have my own beliefs that seem to work for me.

For some reason this past Sunday, I left the sound up on the TV while waiting for my show to start. I wasn’t really listening until I heard the words “Chocolate Chip Cookies” Yeah. That got my attention! LOL Olsteen spoke of an analogy between life and this sweet treat. I stopped typing and listened.

This is my version and perception of his analogy. He said that if your life isn’t going well at any given moment, we shouldn’t get upset or see it with eyes of doom. Life is broken up into segments. Each part plays a role in the creation of the whole. We need to see the portions of our life in totality. Each event acts as an ingredient to the final product. After hearing this, I perked up and listened more.

He went on to say that if we had all the ingredients for making cookies and ate them one by one, it would taste awful! Can you imagine eating a plain cup of flour and chasing it with a raw egg? Oh yes, the sugars or chocolate morsels might be tasty, but the vanilla extract taken alone would taste nasty! Yet, when you combine all the ingredients together and bake them, you get this delicious end product: chocolate chip cookies.

I have been thinking about this analogy all week long. I really see the truth in it. So from now on when I am having a crappy day or week, I am going to try to remind myself to spit out the teaspoon of baking soda!
I need to be patient until my art life BATCH gets out of the oven!


Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs
• 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
• 1 cup chopped nuts


JafaBrit's Art said...

What a great analagy! I love this: "Each event acts as an ingredient to the final product."

Sheree Rensel said...

Jaf, Isn't that a great way to think of things?
P.S. THANK YOU so much for commenting. I was beginning to think I mastered the skill of invisibility.

deb said...

LOL I am laughing because right now I am so tired I raided my cupboards and am eating the chocolate chips I buy to put in cookies!! But good point as always, (and my apologies for spelling your name wrong again on my blog... I fixed it, I'm blaming exhaustion, but that's no excuse, sorry, sorry!)I have been reading all week, but too tired/bust to comment, you are definitely not invisible!!

Sheree Rensel said...

I am glad you saw the truth in this analogy. There is another morsel of truth here though. My name being spelled wrong on your blog is not an issue for me at all. In fact, I don't even remember or realize this ever happened. There are far more important things on my mind right now.

Sometimes we make simple things so big. This is not important.




JafaBrit's Art said...

don't you know we often become invisible ;)

Sheree Rensel said...

Jaf, Oh, I know about being invisible. Every time I leave the house, it is becoming more and more obvious I am becoming transparent. Nobody looks at me anymore! Between aging and being only 4'8" tall, I have a double whammy promoting disinterest. LOL LOL
I guess that is why I want to at least keep a presence online. I need this because I have to remind myself I am still alive. Pinch pinch!

Patricia Hecker said...

I love this analogy. It's so simple and "sweet'.
Our think our human nature looks for roadblocks to stumble upon, when in essence, breaking down any task makes the whole process so much easier to 'swallow'.

This recession is making us become better more authentic and more real. We have so much to learn about ourselves!

Thank you!
Thank you!


Sheree Rensel said...

You are WELCOME! :-)