At one point in my life, ketchup was not a condiment, it was an ingredient. Ketchup sandwiches were a staple of my diet. Any undesirable food such as broccoli could be made digestible with an ample serving of ketchup. Obviously this is not an ideal system for a balanced diet. It was more of a survival tactic for an extremely picky eater rather than a conscious decision about eating good food. Eventually I learned that ketchup was not the answer to all of my food issues. It wasn’t versatile enough to be an everyday ingredient.
When putting together the ingredients for a great day, it is easy to think of all of the garnishes and forget about the main ingredient. If asked what are the ingredients to a great day, what would you say? Sunshine, a beach, friends, family, food, and drink are all things that I typically hear. People usually don’t lead off with the number one ingredient to every day of their life. You are the only person that will be there every single moment of every single day of your life. So shouldn’t you be the first and most important ingredient regardless of all of the garnishes. No matter the other circumstances that surround you, you should be the ingredient that defines the dish.
Despite the extremely broad reach that the internet gives us, people seem to feel as though they are at the effect of their circumstances. If circumstances were what made people, then a frail asthmatic doesn’t become a president revered for his adventures. A stutterer doesn’t become one of the most recognizable voices of his era. And an actor with a partially paralyzed face doesn’t become the face of multiple film series. The truth is that we all know that circumstances are only part of the recipe. It is just easier to use poor circumstances as an excuse for poor results. Or a lack of resources as a reason for no results. You may not have everything you need to make today great but you have the most important thing and that is you. You’re the ingredient that you’ve been waiting for! If you’ll step up to the challenge and be what today needs.
Go be the best you today!