"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

People, Food and Bookcovers or Something

I thought about my produce purchases today and had some thoughts that jump around like the title~ First off, I never even heard of Cilantro as a kid(number 1). I use cilantro nearly every single day of my life now, but had no idea it existed for the first half of my life. I use it fresh, dried and cooked.

For tomatoes(number 2), I never knew you could cook(sear) them on a comal(griddle) to peel the skins off. I learned how to do this when Bill made salsa, and it never occurred to him that he was doing anything unique. Tomatoes are also another daily item. Salsa is a daily additive to foods, as well as sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper on them. As a little girl, I only had tomatoes on sandwiches or ketchup.

Avocados(number 3) are another daily item. No I do not have guacamole made every day. Bill loves avocados on his egg burritos in the morning. Sliced and simply placed on the eggs and rolled up in a burrito-nothing else). Some afternoons Bill will eat an avocado in a folded tortilla with a bit of salt on it. I cannot recall anyone eating avocados when I was small, although I am sure that we had avocados in the house.

And finally the cucumbers(number 4). We ate cucumbers-pickled, sweetened or raw, but never how we eat them now. On the farm, we slice the cucumber and squeeze lemon or lime juice on them and then add chili powder, salt and mix. The kids love this and I love to sample as I prepare the cucumber snack(what I call this recipe).

As I thought about these four simple foods I thought the foods are like people. Some of us are obviously something like the tomato and therefore most of us will only think ketchup-when in truth they are so so incredibly amazing in so many other ways, that type casting the tomato has done a grave disservice to the tomato as well as any one that enjoys salsa.

Others of us are clearly an herb, but as to what herb-is anyone's guess and so once again we are missed out for being a delightful spice in life and ignored because no one knows how to use us.

And yet others are easily recognizable and easily used and so the box is never breached. Cucumbers are pickled and avocados are for guacamole. This is yet another way we loose out when we see others. When we box a person in by something we are certain is the perfect place for them we miss the world and more.

I read a blog by a woman who is much like the cucumber. She is placed in a box on first impressions and therefore many people never discover that she is something far greater than the pickle(not hating on the pickle). As I hope she reads this post I will not delve too deeply into her identity aside from saying that our bookcover was not designed by us. Some have been able to augment the cover because of plastic surgery, but our exterior body is a direct result of genetics and living in a sin filled world thousands of years from the ideal creation.

How and with what we fill the pages of our book is up to us. Whether one decides to open the book is up to the depth of the other. It is not a reflection upon us, regardless of how personal it feels. And for the record I prefer the beat up, dogeared pages of a well read book far more than a book with a perfect cover, just as I prefer learning how to use a tomato in as many ways as possible and not only as ketchup...

what about you?


Vickie said...

Good analogy there. Never thought about it like this!

Susan said...

Wonderful, insightful post!!

Melodie said...

I love that last paragraph! It is so well said.I too prefer things in my life to be of character,from people to the old things I collect up around the house. It is very easy I think in our society today for people to focus on the surface,it's a shame because they miss so much.

DebbieLynne said...

Agreed. But the vast majority of people will never try anything but pickles, sorry to say.

kymber said...

wow Jen...this post is very thought-provoking and inspiring!

first off to the food...i grew up in a tiny fishing village that was roughly 30kms from a major harbour that serviced/docked European merchant boats. therefore, growing up poor and eating the freshest pomegranates in North America seemed normal to me. years later, i move to a huge city in central canada and no one had ever heard of or seen a pomegranate...what the heck?!?!?!?!

we also ate avacado AND cilantro...half an avacado each sprinkled with lemon, salt, pepper and cilantro with some tuna on the side (to this day it is still an awesome lunch!). tomatoes and cucumbers were big in our lives and we ate them fresh from the garden and then pickled (cucumbers), and roasted and sun-dried (tomatoes).

now on to your next point. yes - people themselves are like this list of produce. you would definitely be a chili pepper (hot and spicey) and i would be paprika (simply because i have always wanted to be East European - bahahahah!). but i really see the point that you are making here.

as to the woman who is like the cucumber - i hope that she reads this and is hit by your post like i was. our bookcover was not designed by us but we have been given the incredible gift of writing our own book inside. and i always am so excited when i take the time to pick up a dog-eared, worn-out book and find a treasure...or a new friend or mentor.

wow. you have really conveyed some deep meanings here. i appreciate you taking the time to do so.

i think i may want to cross-post this...may i have your permission? it is ok if you prefer that i do not. i just think more people should read this.

thanks for always keeping us on our toes and never letting us slide into complacency with what we feel and what we believe.

your friend,

Humble wife said...

Vickie- thank you, I have lots of time in the kitchen to think!

Susan-thank you. I pray we all appreciate that none of us is perfect and ALL of us are in need of Him.

Debbie Lynne- and for that I am sorry, to those that will not see more. We are overwhelmed by media images of perfection yet when one delves deeper we see the media perpetuates fraud every day http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2067474/Back-reality-Computer-program-shows-EXACTLY-images-magazine-photoshopped.html

Perhaps like one reads in His word, narrow is the gate- many refuse to see Him, His handiwork, His miracle, His gift, and live according to the me myself and I syndrome and miss the gate entirely~and eternity will be hell for them

Such is this post. We all fall upon a bell curve and the majority may not and often is incorrect in their consensus. The earth was flat, the sun revolved around the earth, bloodletting was a good idea, asbestos was a miracle product and on and on. Blinders self absorption and maybe ignorance may result in only seeing a pickle...and the loss is truly on their side.

Kymber-lol-we are so funny, sharing so many things living so many miles apart!! Paprika~my new name for you. Spicy for me? Lol, more oniony with many layers to pull back to see deep down inside something!

As always you may share...and I am glad you liked this. I pray we all realize that none of us is the same. We are ALL full of potential.

Rebecca Conduff Aguirre said...

It's hard to imagine life without cilantro! lol I can tell you live close to the border... :) I really enjoyed your post, thanks for writing out your thoughts!

Humble wife said...

Rebecca...me either.I love Cilantro! Thanks for visiting.

jambaloney said...

i really love the way you use preconceived notions of vegetables to describe how people get boxed in by stereotypes..

illuminating post - thanks!

kymber said...

Jen - you are definitely Spicey - my new name for you.

i cross-posted so check out our blog to see. i was going to send it to you first so that you could edit or whatnot...but jambaloney told me to just post what i had written. he really enjoyed your post too.

thanks again for taking the time to write it, Spicey, i think that many people will have to stop and think a bit about it. and when you can write something that will make others stop and think...and then maybe change some of their opinions...well that is good writing, Spicey!

your friend,
(oh my goodness...i looove signing off like that - bahahahah!)

Humble wife said...

Thanks Mr. Paprika- :) Thankyou...you are always so kind. Need to spice up your name up a bit. Something still in the pepper family...Cayenne? Jalapeno? Serrano?I am thinking Jalapeno but pronounce it With the j not like an h---jalapeno!! instead of halapeno!!

Paprika :) thanks for sharing. It seems so weird to be 2011 and still need to share that it is about so much more than the cover. I appreciate you linking and saying such kind words about me. I am less than you wrote! Have a spicey day!!

Gorges Smythe said...

Im realize that you weren't speaking of sterotyping exactly, but there is a connection. And, there is a danger in sterotyping. However, a college professor of one of my college professors (I think) said that all stereotypes are true. After all, similarity is what makes things, or people, sterotypical. Our error is when we don't allow ourselves to see the differences, as well as the similarities.

Practical Parsimony said...

Thanks for a new view!

DeanO said...

Interesting analogies and welcomed read.

Humble wife said...

Gorges-good point. It is true we all stereotype, or sort. It is what we do with this sorting that I think most about which you and I both agree on! Thanks for your thoughts!

PP-Thank you for visiting and reading this!

DeanO-thank you very much!

Amish Stories said...

A very nice blog that you have, and i was tipped off by Kymber and i now have it on my favorites and will be back. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa

Humble wife said...

Richard-thank you and welcome! Kymber is such a sweetie and I am glad you came over!

Amish Stories said...

Ive posted my last post for the year and wanted to drop by your blog to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. And yes Kymber is really good people. Yours truly Richard