Often times we begin to feel a deep desire that may start with a thought that simply strikes us in the middle of something else that we are doing. That thought, followed through could be all that it takes to make a dream become reality. An example of this could be that when you are walking the aisles at the grocery store, you begin to have triggered memories of a special moment in time where when you ate a certain meal it was associated with a significant time or event. For me, that would be walking down through the “Brooks Chili Beans” ingredients for making Mom Ake’s award winning chili. My mother in law, Katherine Ake, always had a pot of this on her stove at least once a week. You see, she made this specifically because it was an easy meal to make for her large extended family that she cared about and everyone knew when you got the call that chili was on the stove, you could pull up in the driveway, on your way home from work, and run into many of the other extended family members that would be circling the pot. Now it wasn’t always about the food. Mom Ake’s chili recipe was about connecting generations and having 9 children, the extended family has now become more than 115 over the last 50 years. Sharing a bowl of Mom Ake’s chili in her kitchen was like going back to a family reunion that you hadn’t been to in years, but in this family it was the glue (and the meats, veggies and starch) that held the family together. I smile now when we take our trips to the grocery store, because I always grab a can of Brook’s chili beans, a pound of hamburger, a can of diced tomatoes, and a box of spaghetti to ensure we can whip up a pot of memories at a minutes notice. Now, for those that know me, know I am not a great cook nor am I a food fanatic, in fact I don’t have very high expectations when it comes to the kinds of foods that I will eat. To me it’s keeping my choices simple: meat, starch, veggies, starch, starch, fruits, sweets, water, oh and more starch, so when I go to the store, Mom Ake’s award winning Chili includes all of my favorites and it helps me to remember the value of community and making others feel a sense of belonging. As an only child, growing up with just my mom and I for many years, food was something that we had as (in a sense)a means of survival. We ate on the rule “eat to live” where as Mom Ake’s chili experience was made for everyone to enjoy and “live to eat it”. The experiences we learn from provide the confidence to move forward in our lives. So let me ask you, what are you doing today that will help you reflect on the significant memories in your life? Are you making a connection with those important memories in your life that create value and a sense of purpose? I encourage you to get around to taking time to reflect on your significant memories and connecting them to your story. You will be amazed how fulfilled your life can become through this process and how your memories will begin to define your beliefs and your true sense of purpose for your life. Get a “round tuit” and connect your story to inspire your life. If you’re ready to learn more on how develop a process for journaling and connecting your story to truly inspire your life: reach out to me at www.everydayleaders.com sign up for me of my classes or workshops to get your “round tuit”!
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