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What Does Your Fridge Say About You?
This particular dinner helped me out this week because my goal was to clean out the fridge.
For the past few weeks, I’ve stared at my fridge in horror. The best thing about having such a modern appliance is that it has doors to hide my neglect. The doors are also magnet free so the stainless steel tableau is smooth and shiny, hinting at nothing.
But for some reason the interior chaos was calling to me.
Oddly enough, I was reminded of Thomas Moore one afternoon as I sat down for lunch. He is a former monk and clinical psychologist who believes that the way we maintain our environment and our material choices are reflections of our inner being.
Could my refrigerator hold the key to something I was missing about myself, something I needed to know?
Here is my descriptive paragraph related to the fridge:
My fridge is tall and narrow, sitting a little off kilter in my kitchen. It can be closed so no one sees inside or open revealing visible chaos. Everything about it is too small: the shelf space, the lack of door shelves, and even the pull-out drawers! My food is squished inside this small space with no more room for expansion. The fridge is full of leftovers, food that is past its prime, and processed snacks waiting for a 13 year old boy to make for himself. Everything is shoved in there together. On top of the fridge my husband squirrels away his papers, wallet, and treasures I never see. Often times, the door surfaces are marked with fingerprints sullying even the sheen of the stainless steel.
As I marinated in my description, it didn’t take long to discover that I was battling an impossible demon (and one I battle all the time): the finite nature of time. The fridge (my time) is only so big. Instead of working within the space (or time) that exists, I cram what I think I need and want into every nook and cranny in hopes that I can defy reality. In doing so, I miss food in its prime and often end up throwing out produce in varying states of decay, which burdens me.
It will not surprise you to learn that my calendar has looked exactly like my fridge for the past three weeks. Every time I think I’m wrangling in my datebook, I turn around and cram it with something else – a doctor’s appointment, a phone call to the insurance company, a visit with my son’s teachers. Before I know it, my time is scheduled tighter than an overburdened crisper drawer full of exotic vegetables. By fitting anything and everything into my days, I continually miss out on opportunities and set aside ideas and projects I want to work on. Those projects are getting overripe, if you know what I mean.
So, maybe it’s time to look at your fridge.
Do you have moldy science experiments growing on the back shelves? You might want to consider what you are avoiding.
Lots of leftovers that never get used up? Maybe it’s time to let go of things a little faster. Life is too short to pretend you’re going to use the butt ends of that meatloaf.
Nothing good in there to eat despite the ample supply? What are you hungry for? I mean REALLY hungry for in life? It’s time to admit it, go out, and get it.
Empty shelves? You might want to figure out what brings you joy so you can fill your life with what you want. It’s time to fill your fridge (or your soul) with goodness.
Our living spaces are really just a sneaky way of reflecting a larger picture.
So, I guess you know what I’m doing this week.
First, I will be taking control of my time.
My calendar for the next few weeks is looking good and a family vacation is in my future. Even more than that, I’m winding down my fitness classes and stepping away from other responsibilities that no longer serve me.
I am also creating menus based on what I see on the crammed shelves of my fridge. Last night, my husband and I had a lovely Saturday Night “fridge buffet”. He was proud to have knocked off three different main courses in one sitting. (That probably sounds worse than it was!)
Slowly, we are making progress towards a clean slate.
Rest assured there will be many salads in our future.
Peace & Light,
The Busy Buddha
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What is a quick go-to meal you make with the basic contents of your fridge?