Saturday, December 05, 2015

Lessons in flour

Baking is both a relief and a lesson in self-belief. The time focused on following a recipe that requires figures that end in anything but "00" is time not spent working or worrying about work or pondering on the future.

In baking, it is ok to be flawed. That the baking paper is peeling away more cake than it is leaving behind can be rectified with a generous amount of cream and strategically placed decorations. That the frosting is not symmetrical is excused by artistic license instead of screaming amateur.

Baking engages the mind and brings dimension to learning. The importance of a good fridge that won't dry out the cream, a well-ventilated kitchen, proportionate kitchen islands and air-conditioning are all serious matters to consider when getting my own cinnamon-filled alcove "some day soon."

Above all, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I'm still standing even though the baking powder was accidentally left out.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The art of dreaming

Not to be confused with Dreams, Wishful Thinking floats away in the breeze as another woolly notion takes its place. It drives no passion and generates no drive. It is seen in the smacking of lips for strawberry ice-cream topped with crushed peanuts but making no effort to taste. It is the catch in the eye as a shiny toy glides smoothly by but in the next minute forgotten as the DJ plays Miley's song.

Dreams on the other hand, burrow deep in jars of clay, germinating in hope, wrapping roots of emotion around fistfuls of desire whilst trying not to choke on self-deprecating fallacies. Far from being ever ready carebears of love and light, Dreams inch upwards in dogged perseverance, all the while anticipating failure, struggling to keep composure whilst thoughtless hands threaten to signal out its humble progress as hubris, shredding already tiny filaments of self-belief.

Dreams are no easy ambition to pursue, no easy road to travel, no pleasure cruise. Dreams are found in soiled hands, furrowed brow and a tested spirit, in questioning hearts, desperate conviction and limitless fulfillment.

Once in a while, Dreams may chance upon Wishful Thinking, wondering if life would be easier carefree and easygoing, but retrospective appreciation kicks it up a gear and drives Dreams off in a fluffy Bugatti.