While Houston’s Apple Walnut Cobbler is clearly at the top of my favorite desserts list, the Mexican Apple Pie at Cantina Laredo on Westheimer is easily a contender. The decadent pie filled with sauteed apples anchored by a perfectly textured crust is rivaled only by the brandy butter poured around its iron skillet base that sizzles like the most scintillating fajitas. It seems the steam sings its glories as it races to the heavens, broadcasting its intoxicating caramel like smells. It sharply contrasts the perfectly cooled cinnamon ice cream that races for its rendezvous with the pie beneath.
As I found myself pleasantly lost in the abyss of things that please my palate, it occurred to me that we often can distinguish many things that tickle our passions in life (for me, FOOD, writing, church work, family). That is, we can readily gush about things in which we find the most joy. That being said, do our passions align with our professions? We spend most of our days (for those of us in the workforce) spending hours at a job that just might consume us. Often seeing co-workers more than family, we live and breathe in our respective industries. My question is, how’s the air? Is it fresh and invigorating? Do you wake up ready to go to work with a smile on your face, eagerly anticipating the day’s adventures?
Or do you dread it? Run from it? Sometimes ignore it, with the hope that the doom and gloom of the darkness will somehow fade away? Even if you “like” your job, are you fulfilled? Make sure that what you enjoy most, is what you pursue – because life isn’t just about working, it’s about fulfilling your purpose. I’m reminded of a treasured friend whose acquaintance I met in the teaching profession. While talking about our daily affairs we began discussing one of my favorite topics – food. She vibrantly articulated her passion for baking, and her face lit up like a Christmas tree in the winter. I could see her passion was clearly at the forefront…now, she’s pursuing it to the fullest degree. So much so, that her signature lemon bars are distinctly featured at regal giant Nordstroms in the Woodlands and Galleria (see http://www.mysweetlux.com)
I said all of that to say, it’s a New Year. In addition to our resolutions, let’s share some revelations. Life’s too short to drown in drudgery. If you have a dream that’s been tucked away in the back of your mind, brush the dust off of it and write it down. It may be worth pursuing, no matter how challenging the journey. If your position is misaligned with your passion, perhaps it’s time to find a delectable detour into your destiny. In essence, if you’re not fulfilled – what are you going to do about it? Your future awaits… Share your plans – and stick to them!