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Swimming too long with schools of thought

Posted 6/11/2018 4:43pm by Shiloh Avery.

Did you know there’s no such thing as talent?  Well, at least according to one school of thought, that is.  A school of thought that includes authors like Daniel Pink, Geoffrey Colvin, and Carol Dweck.  What, then, separates the world-class from the rest of us? Blood, sweat, and tears basically. And a mindset that turns mistakes and failures into learning opportunities instead of finding excuses and throwing blame.

Some days I want to be world class.  I work well into the evenings thinking that if I just work a little longer and harder, I’ll achieve success. Other days I’m just tired.  I think I’ve been delving a bit too deep into these schools of thought, trying to fit in with those fish, that I forget that I’m a mammal and I have to surface to breathe.

I forget that I owe it too my employees to get enough sleep, exercise, and nutrition.  I forget that pursuit of other interests often helps me be better at my regular job. I forget to surface.

But not this Sunday. Nope. I read somewhere that you should pay attention to what makes you happy and do more of that. Hanging out with my pets makes me happy, so this weekend I embraced another school of thought. One that believes that rest, recovery, and reflection are essential parts of the progress toward a successful and ultimately happy life. One that believes I should “hang out with my pets”.

But I’m also an incessant list maker (if it’s more than three things-I need a list), and also find joy in crossing things off from lists.  So I literally put “hang out with pets” on my list.  And, I’m happy to say, I was able to cross all the things off from said list.

We made Aunt Ella's Shake Pickles last week, so this week it's time to enjoy some cucumber salads.  This is one of my favorites:

Balkan Cucumber Salad

Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Kazan
serves 4 to 6

4 medium cucumbers
¾ cup sour cream
¾ cup yogurt
2 small cloves crushed garlic
4 fresh mint leaves, minced
½ cup thinly sliced onion – red is the only onion that works
4 cups of finely chopped parsley
optional; 1 or 2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup minced scallion greens
lots of black pepper
1 TBS. Chopped dill or 1 tsp. dried
1 cup of chopped toasted walnuts – Toast at 350 F for 15 minutes

NOTE: There is a fair amount of wiggle room on what you put or don’t put in this recipe, as long as the obvious essential ones are in it.

Slice the cucumbers. Combine all the ingredients except walnuts. Chill and serve on a bed of lettuce with the walnuts on top.
Optional garish could be… hard-cooked egg slices, tomato wedges, chopped black olives and carrot slices.

 

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