As I settle into my fifth decade, I look at individuals in his/her thirties differently than when I was that age. I recall the period with unending intensity. I wanted to live! I wanted the best! I wanted to win! Today I long for balance, finding it as important at the drivers. Even as I look back in time, contrasting it with those just moving into the prime of their lives, I find myself filled with admiration when I find someone living truth.
Breeze is an incredible individual. Vibrant, passionate about what she does for a living, and engaged in sharing her passions with others just begins to describe this young chef. Breeze introduced Carli and I to the joy of Thai cooking, starting in the market, through kitchen techniques, and into a wonderful lunch prepared by our own hands guided with her thoughts, encouragement, and example. Even if I was to ignore the quality and experience of cooking (incredible, amazing, and wonderful all come to mind), I would treasure the morning because of the feeling I walked away with. Wonderful, stronger, and filled with a renewed sense of hope just begins to describe my life at two o’clock that afternoon. Forever changed is probably more accurate.
Just twenty-four hours later I found myself in the old market in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A young man, I guess to be a similar age as Breeze, stumbled along the street. The prophet’s warning came to mind as I caught him in a walking stupor. “Your sons and daughters have passed out, strewn in the streets like stunned rabbits, sleeping off the strong drink of God's anger, the rage of your God.” (Isaiah 51.20)
You and I live with a Divine invitation. We are invited into a world where we fully, completely, and passionately engage in the business of living. We get to love what we do. We can freely give compassion, mercy, and acceptance to any and everyone we meet, infecting them with Divine grace. In short we can be Breeze to any and everyone we meet.
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