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Home : Feed Your Spirit : Your Life, Better
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11 Life Lessons Learned from Cooking

Written by Aimée Jannsohn

If you can cook, you can learn a lot about planning, presentation, and improvisation.  Here's a few suggestions on ways to take lessons learned at the stove, and apply them to life.


1
Great things are often whipped up at the last minute.

A visit, a get-together, a gift, a casserole. Don't over think it -- just go with it. Kindred spirits will appreciate your creative spontaneity.  


2
Mix up your routine once in a while.

It's okay. You can do it. And guess what? The world will keep turning. (And who doesn't love breakfast for supper?)


3
Life's too short to put things on the back burner.

Make a list and get going. That thank-you card you've been meaning to write, the phone call you haven't returned; get to it. What a surge of victory you'll feel when you cross them off your list -- with a permanent marker. 


4
Savor life's sweet moments. You never know when things will turn sour.

Give hugs. Use your camera to capture that great "Kodak moment." Never go to bed angry. And most importantly, always say "I love you" to your nearest and dearest ones.


5
Every artichoke has a tender heart.

Some people are like artichokes, prickly and harsh. Get to know one of the artichokes in your life. You might be able to peel back their layers and reveal a soft, squishy inside.                 


6
Continue family traditions.

Learn recipes. Listen to stories, look at photographs, ask questions. You might be next in line to inherit your family's culinary secrets or heirloom china.


7
Don't leave out the key ingredients.

How diverse is your group of friends? If it's too bland or lacking, add a little flavor. Variety is the spice of life. Get down to business and cook up your very own melting pot.


8
Never underestimate the power of prep work.

Scrambling only works with eggs. Take your time. Do some research. Get organized. You'll be amazed at how things turn out when you make a plan -- and follow through.


9
Some things get better with age.

Works of art, fine wine, diamonds. Embrace who you are and where you are in life, and you too will achieve Chateau Lafite status too. 


10
Every chef needs a sous chef.

Be proud of your accomplishments. But remind yourself they wouldn't have been possible without those who helped you along the way. Show them they are appreciated.   


11
Share the bounty.

If you have more than enough blessings, invite others to enjoy them with you. Show extravagant welcome and radical hospitality. Everything will taste much sweeter.

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