Brown Rice & Other Unreasonable Things

Around 6:00 p.m. today, I was just waking up from a wonderful nap. Let’s pause for a moment and give thanks for Sunday siestas.


OK, so I woke up and decided that I better get in the kitchen and make some dinner. I haven’t done meal plans in a few weeks, but have made an effort to have easy ingredients to throw together for quick meals. I thought a bit about what I could make and decided that a rice dish would be good. I rummaged through the cabinets, and ultimately decided to make a brown rice and bean dish. By that time it was 6:20 p.m., and with the boy’s 7:30 p.m. bedtime looming, I knew I needed to get cooking. Then, it hit me: brown rice takes a good 45 minutes to cook. Ain’t nobody got time for dat! So, I pulled together a different meal and that was that. Everyone ate and bedtime went off without a hitch.

As I sat down to write this evening, I started thinking about the brown rice incident as a metaphor for how we can approach situations in life. We can be stiff and rigid, digging in our heels, or we can be flexible and flow from one experience to the next. Choosing the latter means letting go of more and more things that you just don’t have time for.

Here are some of the things, outside of cooking brown rice, that I’ve released (or are working on releasing) to make room for a more fulfilling, joy-filled life:

  • Being unhappy
  • Drama
  • Physical and mental clutter
  • Negative or stagnant people
  • Distractions
  • The need to explain myself
  • Expectations
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Guilt

I’m sure there are more things I’ve let go of, but those are the heavy hitters. We’re here to live a good life; why let unreasonable, unnecessary things get in the way? Release what doesn’t work, and receive what does. It may take some time and effort to do it, but in the end, it’s worth it. Remember, don’t let brown rice ruin your dinner plans. Choose a new meal and eat just as well, if not better.


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