Thought of the Day – 5 July

Comfort Food & The Good Life

The Good Life

Cooking for Comfort

“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so entwined that we cannot think of one without the other” ~  M. F. K. Fisher

Comfort Food

Comfort Food: Quirky.  A matter of personal taste. A matter of personal memories taken from specific events, smells or sounds from our past.  All of these things have the ability to transport us back to a part in our lives that sometimes hold fond memories, sometimes from difficult times. No matter what the memory or reason, Comfort Food plays a part in our lives and has a part in our futures

Clementines“Comfort food is hearty.  When hearts are heavy, they need gravitational and emotional equilibrium: meat loaf and mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, red beans and rice, creamy risotto.  Food that reassures us that we will survive.  With such sustenance we can keep on going, especially when we don’t want to take another step.  Soul food takes us back to our roots, nursery food tucks us into bed, and chocolate alters consciousness.  Different foods for different moods”  ~  Sarah Ban Breathnach – Simple Abundance

The Good Life and Comfort Food are closely linked and go hand in hand together

Scott and Helen Nearing, Inventive visionaries determined to create a completely self-sufficient lifestyle that was solely dependent on their wits, hard work and perseverance, went in search of the good life: “Simplicity, freedom from anxiety . . . an opportunity to be useful and live harmoniously” Two decades later they had succeeded and wrote a homesteading handbook entitled Living the Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World.  First published in 1954, it took until 1970 when it was finally published as a paperback that it became a best-seller

At the age of 91, Helen Nearing shares her moving memoir, Loving and Leaving the Good Life:

  • Do the best you can, whatever arises
  • Be at peace with yourself
  • Find a job you enjoy
  • Live in simple conditions: housing, food, clothing; get rid of clutter
  • Contact nature every day; feel the earth under your feet
  • Take physical exercise through hard work; through gardening or walking
  • Don’t worry; live one day at a time
  • Share something everyday with someone else; if you live alone, write someone; give something away; help someone else somehow
  • Take time to wonder at life and the world; see some humour in life where we can
  • Observe the one life in all things
  • Be kind to the creatures

I suspect that we often think some of these things and maybe some of them everyday; perhaps if we lived some of these suggestions we would realise, just as Helen Nearing and her Husband did, that the good life is truly here and now

Good Life Tree

“The one fact that I would cry from every housetop is this: the Good Life is waiting for us – here and now”  ~  B. F. Skinner

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