Many of us made New Years resolutions on December 31, 2019, no doubt. We rang in 2020, a new year and new decade, with excitement and promise. Little could any of us had predicted the turmoil and unrest that this year would bring. I offer to you the idea that 2020 is a year of clear vision, if you allow for it to be. The year for me has not been without its challenges, turmoil, heartbreak, and surprises. I like many was furloughed from my employment. My dear aunt, with whom I was extremely close, died suddenly. This year, I dare say, has been one I shall never forget. I knew that I had a choice in how I chose to experience my life, amid everything going on around me.
In this age of social media, it can be more difficult than ever to truly get a grasp on what’s real and what’s fiction. We live in an age where there is a constant lens on image. Many of us feel pressured to live up to an ideal or picture that may or may not even exist. As social creatures we seek to fit in and be a part of society; and nowadays that means participating in the portrayal of real time “living”; that is living your life through a filtered lens that the public, at large, participates in.
Have you ever stopped to think why you do what you do? Have you ever found yourself daydreaming, while driving, only to discover that you are now sitting in your driveway? Your mind is the most powerful thing known to man. The human mind is the most mysterious part of who we are. Philosophers, doctors, scientists, psychologists, have all debated as to the intricacies and function of this amazing phenomenon called “mind”. What we do know for sure is that the conscious mind is only able to process about 40 bits of information per second as opposed to the sun-conscious mind which is believed to be able to process about 20, 000, 000 bits per second. Although these numbers are debated amongst scientists what remains is the fact that the subconscious mind is exponentially more powerful than the conscious mind. This is how you can perform complicated tasks without even “consciously” thinking about it. This is how your heart can beat and your cells divide without any conscious effort on your part. It’s simply amazing!
Food is life! To put it simply, you cannot live without food. But what exactly is food? Webster’s dictionary defines food as: “material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy.” That’s just a complicated way of saying any substance you consume that sustains, energizes, helps heal, and maintains your body. My love affair with food started very early. I grew up in Memphis, TN in a family who believed in planting foods and eating everything fresh from the garden. We had a very large garden, nearly a quarter of an acre, that we planted every year in the spring. In this garden we planted everything from greens, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, beets, corn, herbs, squash, watermelon, to name a few. We had a variety of fruit and nut trees on the property also, including: apple, pear, peach, plum, walnut, pecans, hazelnuts, etc. Upon reflection it was like a southern paradise for me as a child.