Trying to make life simple (and easier)

My personal soundtrack to remember how we tend to overcomplicate things…

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Big changes…

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
[C. JoyBell C.]


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Life and kitchen

As I wrote in a previous post – I love cooking.

I find it to be not only relaxing – but also therapeutic.
It may depend on the fact that the most important women in my family (my mother and my grandmother) considered the kitchen as the center-point of life. You were supposed to talk about important things, discuss them, argue or be moved by them – in the kitchen. If you were upset, the kitchen was the best place to go back to normal-happy state (either by cooking or eating).
I did most of my homework in the kitchen – because I found, since I was 6, that was the best place to focus.
And I read so many books “perched” on a stool in the kitchen – better than going to a movie theatre – better atmosphere…

Growing older I start to believe that there are deeper reasons for my positive relationships with cooking. Reasons that my mother and grandmother may have not been aware of, but that may have been the origin of their beliefs.

Cooking is like living.
The way you cook can mirror the way you live your life.
The way you choose and mix the ingredients, and the flavors, the way you organize your schedule… If you prefer to be alone or you are a fan of cooperative cooking.
Everything in the kitchen mirrors aspects of everyday life.

The positive thing is that while cooking you have so much more control on everything.

Finding myself in a new country is exiting and amazing. Most of the time.
The are other moments were I feel overwhelmed by…. well almost by everything 😉

These are the best times for cooking. Because everything is familiar – even if I am cooking  a fish that probably I would never see in the Mediterranean sea.

Because I know so well the “rules” for cooking – they are part of me. I know what is going on, what can go wrong and how to fix it (actually this i part of the fun).

Today may be a good day for baking the biscuits my great-grandmother used to bake for her  family. Let’s fight emotions with other (culinary) emotions.

And everything will be all right. At the end.

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Evils or good?

“Still it might be nice, once in a while, not to have to choose between evils. Just once, couldn’t I choose the lesser good?”

L.K. Hamilton


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Trust your heart…

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”

E.E. Cummings


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“So you’re always honest,” I said.
“Aren’t you?”
“No,” I told him. “I’m not.”
“Well, that’s good to know, I guess.”
“I’m not saying I’m a liar,” I told him. He raised his eyebrows. “That’s not how I meant it, anyways.”
“How’d you mean it, then?”
“I just…I don’t always say what I feel.”
“Why not?”
“Because the truth sometimes hurts,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said. “So do lies, though.”

Sarah Dessen


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Let it go…

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

S. Maraboli


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