I have written a cookbook but I have a difficult time following a recipe. I garden but rarely, if ever, remember what I planted where. I walk among many yet can feel alone. I dance the steps but to my own tune. I planned to walk through the sunroom to the garden to spread the morning coffee grounds over soil, without bumping into something that triggered a chain reaction of crashing plants and tables that lead to 30 minutes of sweeping but my plan didi not go to, well, plan. Why? Variables What the what Mary? Yep. Variables.
Variables can be factored in but cannot be predicted. Variables are inconsistent and do not follow a pattern so therefore are not predictable. Variables are cool! Variables are fun! Variables and cooking have a lot in common. When cooking, variables can be factored in but cannot be predicted. The power goes out. The milk got drunk. The meat went bad. The phone rung. You walked away and the food burned. You followed all the instructions and the food was horrible. You baked the food as specified in the recipe instructions and it was raw. These scenarios are not “mistakes” or “disasters” but variables.. Think of variables as opportunities to learn. Think of variables as opportunities to improve. Variables sounds pretty cool and fun to me!
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