Recently I found this great brownie recipe online – the good kind from scratch where you shave the chocolate into bits and mix the ingredients from their original source, not from a boxed package.
I was so excited and since I had a lot of wonderful chocolate left over from the holidays I made a massive batch filling up 6 pans thinking I would share them with neighbors, family and friends. I used this huge 5 pound bag of flour that I had removed from my mom’s house after she died. I didn’t check the date. The flour was years old but I didn’t know that because the packaging was unopened.
The brownies came out like bricks. So bad I had to soak the pans just to clean them. They never rose to the occasion and the flour was stale. I stood there in the kitchen so frustrated until I thought about the lesson here. Sure, use fresh ingredients got that. But for us as women it goes deeper than that.
How can we expect to rise to the occasion when we are the same old stale self? I realized with the brownie bricks that I was stuck in some of my old ways and if I expected my life to rise to the occasion I would need to use a fresh me and not the same old stale me. I never did make any more brownies because the fresh me doesn’t want to get fat…lol…but I do show up fresh everyday so I can rise to the occasion.
Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio and the single mother of two boys ages 5 and 8. She is an author, internet brand strategist. She has worked with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army for over 20 years and is passionate about helping women lead their families successfully the specific challenges of military life.