So we’ve been told tasting is primed for your palate; but, suppose you could taste with your mind? What if you could smell your future, hear your hopes, feel your fervor – and taste your dreams. I savor the thought, and I’m not the only one.
My first introduction to Gracie Cavnar, the striking red headed powerhouse at the center of the picture was through my elementary school years ago as a fourth grade teacher. As a part of her ingenious program, restaurant James Beard Award Nominee, Chef Monica Pope, was paired with my class monthly. Quite naturally in love with all things cuisine, I was utterly delighted! Cooking and gardening were now part of my curriculum.
I delved deeper in my inquiries into the graceful Gracie after my son, Michael, then seven (center) was invited to participate in a photo shoot for her premiere non-profit, Recipe for Success. Cavnar was being featured in Self Magazine for her outstanding community achievements.
What I didn’t know is that the burgeoning success she was so rapidly attaining was after she’d already garnered achievements in “architecture, hospitality, marketing, and public relations.” Despite over four decades of investment in these industries, her greatest fulfillment has been fueled by realizing her dream for changing the landscape of childhood obesity. I’m enchanted with her passion.
In less than a decade, she took an idea, fixated on her goal, compelled comrades, connoisseurs, and communities, and cultivated an unprecedented movement. Her tireless efforts as the pro-bono chair of the organization have yielded not only millions of dollars in funds raised, but propelled her to national recognition, to include receiving a distinguished position as an adviser to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Task Force. Impressed with her amazing results, she was asked to share her vision with a nation hungry for change.
So what intrigues me about Mrs. Cavnar? The scintillating scent of stamina, coupled with a dash of determination, immersed in a generous amount of inspiration, yielding incessant servings of Recipes for Success. On countless occasions, we all have dreams. The question is, which half do you represent? Are you among those who dream in vivid colors, but fail to realize the sweetness of your endeavors? Or are you on the other side of the contemplative coin?
Regardless of where you stand, never marginalize your innovation. What may seem minute can transform into magnificence. A single endeavor, simple in merit, could revolutionize entire cultures. I have a few dreams of my own, and I’m pursuing them feverishly because I see them brightly. Despite facts and failures beyond my control, my fervor remains unfeigned. With every success, my hopes rise like the aroma of fresh baked-bread. I can hear the opportunities knocking at the door. I taste my dreams. Can you? If not, start stirring your gift. Pursue your passion.