For The Good

Tonight I was making dinner and I stumbled on these little dishes that belong to my friend. I put them in a cupboard that we don't use very often, when we moved and I had forgotten about them for a few months. She never said a word. She's a good and patient friend.:)

Our idea was that we would keep passing these little crocks back and forth and that we would fill them with something nice before we did. This is our favorite homemade mac and cheese recipe. It takes a little while to make and it's kinda messy but it's really worth the effort.

I tend to watch the news while I cook, so I can stay on top of what's going on in the world. (a glass of wine helps with that;-)) I was thinking about the awfully big problems we're facing right now. It's overwhelming and I know I'm not alone in feeling a little lost. I realized in the quiet of my kitchen, that most of us won't do big and mighty things to save the world. But we can do small things that make a difference in the lives of those within our own sphere of influence. We can reach out with a simple kind act toward someone who needs it. We can lift up the people around us, instead of weighing them down. And at the end of the day, we can look in the mirror and ask this question... Can I myself, do anything different? Can I act in such a way, that I change the people and the circumstances around me, for the better?

I know this photograph is a little skinny. But I wanted the painting behind to be in the picture. It's a painting given to me by the same friend who will be eating Mac and Cheese tomorrow. <3 She read the yet unfinished manuscript of my book and loved the chapter where Isabel sneaks around, tending to the flowers in front of the library in Skaneateles, NY when the groundskeeper has more than he can handle by himself. She found the painting in a little shop and it reminded her of that chapter so she bought it for me and gave it to me as a gift. Isn't that so lovely?

We feed each other more than food, when we look for ways to nourish the heart. And in the end... we are changed for the better.