The other day I set out to bake with this honkin-huge zucchini that a friend gave me. I opted to follow my mom’s recipe, because it passes for a yummy, chocolaty birthday cake!
I grabbed the ingredients and prepared the mixture before tackling the monster summer squash. It occurred to me that its meat might not be tender enough for the cake. When it took my entire body weight on the knife to slice through the dark green skin my doubts were confirmed. I used an apple instead.
Just to be clear, I have baked for three decades. In the kitchen, I often fly by the seat of my pants or the strings on my apron, with confidence. The apple I chose was a fine substitution for the zucchini. What it WASN’T a substitution for was the sugar AND the chocolate that I forgot to add! It was the worst tasting bit of baked-goods I have ever eaten. It was baked-bads.
Although the words that came out of my mouth in between a maniacal laugh were, “Oh, this is wrong, so wrong,” I didn’t go into the wrongness of ME. I didn’t hide it and pretend I was perfect. I even shared it with the brave guests who, although warned, still asked to try it.
I was willing to be the worst baker in the world. The gift I received wasn’t a moist, chocolate cake but a creation that allowed me to acknowledge just how much I have changed since using the tools of Access Consciousness®.
A few years ago I would have made myself wrong, judged me, and been frustrated at wasting time baking something inedible. Choosing ease and joy is so much easier. It’s way more fun!
What would it take for you to choose ease and joy too?