92. Challenge Parfaits

My mind is begging me to reshape this meal into a smorgasbord of possibilities. Lasagna, layered salad, and parfaits. Let the fear be transformed. Fear is not in the moment. Fear comes from living in a nonexistent future.

When Donkey spoke with Shrek, he didn’t bring up lasagna when speaking of the complexities of being an ogre. Layers.   

“You know what else everybody likes?  Parfaits!” 

When I was a child, Tupperware sold parfait cups.  The site of those shapely, gray (why?!) plastic containers meant pudding, cream, and crushed cookies!  Kid heaven.

Six gray Tupperware cups
Tupperware Cups

If we twist the challenge analogy away from lasagna, does that make the entire experience of 2020 more edible.  There is no tomato sauce in a desert parfait.  And if that is where the fear hides, if we make a nice chocolate parfait, we escape the perception of fear.

Rename it.  Rebuild it.  Mold it into a new dream and a new version of reality.  My mind is begging me to reshape this meal into a smorgasbord of possibilities.  Lasagna, layered salad, and parfaits.  Let the fear be transformed.  Fear is not in the moment.  Fear comes from living in a nonexistent future.

Look for the gratitude, for love, for the beauty and the meaning in the current moment.  Experience the entire meal.

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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