Over the past couple of weeks, the boys and I have been watching a series of programmes about people who make extreme cakes for their clients. It is all about the ‘wow’ factor; being bigger and better than the last commission; or making people ‘love it’! That got me thinking…it is not just confined to the world of baking, those sentiments are everywhere in first world cultures.
Glitter, glamour and perfection are recurring themes in the UK today, as they are in many other places around the world. But does everything have to be ‘wow’ or perfect?What is wrong with being satisfied with something that is okay or simple or is plain? Do we have to love everything all the time? Parrot will often say to me, “…but I don’t love it!” when asked to do a task, or to eat a food item. How did we get to the point where our children think that unless they love something, they don’t have to do it? I regularly reply that I don’t love putting the rubbish bin out or fixing things around the house that he has purposely damaged, but that I have to do them or face the consequences.
Most of life is not about the things that we love. It is about the seemingly mundane, downright digusting (think bins, cleaning up child/animal messes) or simply things that need doing regardless of our feelings about them.
We can find joy in serving others by taking on the non-preferred tasks. We can be happy with less items or plainer items. We can be satisfied with simpler foods. It is a matter of attitude though. The world of glitter and ‘wow’ is an empty one and sooner or later we all find out how hollow it really is. I am attempting to teach this to Parrot and Pigeon to save them the big disappointment; there is still a lot of work to be done with Parrot, but Pigeon is starting to recognise it. The photo featured above is one of his; he saw that the tangle of winter branches looked like blood vessels under a microscope. He is starting to see the natural (and often unusual!) beauty around him in the world and that it beats glitter any day.
If only more of us would open our eyes and see real beauty instead of the fake!