Food For Thought?
Resistance: Have you ever been asked, by an authority figure, to take on an unwanted task; you did it and it turned out great?
I simply would NEVER have taken on the task I was ‘invited’ to accept, never in a million years!
There I was, in a courtroom, being asked to take a man into our small flat (apartment) as an alternative to him going to jail. He would be, for all intents and purposes, under house arrest on a couch in our front room.
The judge wanted me, in addition to being his ‘host’, to provide the individual, who happened to be the most brilliant chef I had ever met, with an understanding on how better to administer his private dining club.
Having been ‘cornered’ to say, “yes judge”, I found myself making room for this extraordinary and talented culinarian.
On his first night I cooked the evening meal and he asked, “Is this the best you can do?” My response was, “No, but it’s as good as it’s likely to get.”
“Then I had better cook,” he replied.
And cook he did…really simple food, as we were on a strict budget at the time; it was so good, everything he touched was excellent!
I swallowed my pride and asked if I might watch. He reluctantly agreed…and then began, one sentence at a time, to teach me. He even became food ingredients…such as a grain of rice; he puffed up as the grain absorbed stock to make a Risotto…he was also an amazing actor.
So…what about now?
That amazing turn of events was to equip me to do what I would become, my greatest success…to cook and perform on television.
Robert’s ability to explain what was happening within the food as it cooked by using his own body was both instructive and even hilarious, at least it was to me, Robert was deadly serious!
I look back on those days that were, at the time, difficult…to say the least, for both Treena and I and also Robert; and know that they were a vital contribution to my future.
I wonder if you ever had such an opportunity and were required to do something by an authority figure that you would otherwise NEVER have done?
Or perhaps you are being asked to do something today that you are resisting?
I learned from the experience never to say “never” but rather to wonder what this might mean in the future.
It almost always seems to threaten my ‘comfort zone’ –I don’t have the time or the talent or resources…and yet…what if?
Let me know…OK?
This week I am reading Treena’s poem Harvest Moon
So, please tell me in the comment section below:
Have you ever been asked, by an authority figure, to take on an unwanted task; you did it and it turned out great?