This past Friday, I went through a phase where I baked.
This was the first weekend in a long time that I didn’t have a ton of commitments, and it was nice to channel my energy into something I enjoyed.
One thing I baked was bread.
I love the whole process of baking bread, because the actual work to make it is minimal, and it’s very cheap to make. I had some ingredients already at my apartment, so with my handy dandy recipe, I set to work. When I pulled that amazing smelling bread out of the oven, I could not wait to taste it. However, when I cut it open, I had an unpleasant surprise:
My bread was like a brick.
The inside was still doughy, and I’m pretty sure I could have knocked someone out with that loaf of bread. I was disappointed, and could not figure out for the life of me why my bread failed.
I’m still not sure why, but I have a theory.
I think that the yeast I used from last year was expired, so it did not rise properly. Alas, I was not able to eat that bread.
In life, a lot of things can be like that.
You can do everything right, you can measure out the right ingredients and follow the right recipe, but in the end, it still fails. The reason why it might not work out might be in your control, or it might not be. I trusted that when I pulled that packet of yeast out of those baking supplies that it would work. I didn’t even consider that it might contain a useless but vital, ingredient. All I had to do was take one second to look at the expiration date, it certainly would have saved me from pulling a brick out of the oven.
This is my challenge: don’t assume anything. If you want something to happen, do it. Don’t assume someone is going to do it for you, because they might be that one bad ingredient that causes your bread to fail. Also, remember that not all things are in our control, and even though we may have labored over something, it doesn’t mean it will work out. When that happens, all we have left is to keep going, to try again. If I gave up making bread because I failed once, I would be wasting my potential, because the reason it failed was something I could change. Don’t give up because of one set back, your whole life is ahead of you.
Bread is yummy, and when it is made with all the right ingredients, it is something that can feed a family.
Just some thoughts.