It has been a while since I have taken the time to write here. I am not quite sure why, other than I have been busier than ever between school, Pampered Chef, SAJEWord, Inspiritual and family. Honestly, though I think it is just that I have not taken the time to sit and be still and let my imagination flow. Nevertheless, this morning I woke up thinking about green eggs and ham and peanut butter and jelly and bacon and chocolate and other now normal, but once new flavor combinations.
It is hard to remember a time when there was not peanut butter and chocolate, burger and fries, ham and cheese, salt, and caramel, butter and popcorn, spaghetti and meatballs, apple pie and ice cream, raspberry and chocolate, bacon and eggs, pizza and beer, rum and coke, chicken and waffles, chocolate and peppermint, cinnamon and apples, caramel and vanilla ice cream, salmon and cream cheese, chocolate and wine, lime and coconut, and the list goes on. Even as I was typing this list, my wife kept telling me there has always been this and there has always been that. It is hard to imagine these flavor combos not ever being together.
However, if it were not for someone’s imagination, none of this would have been. I look at this list and go of course they go together. So what are the combos that seem to go together spiritually that we now take for granted. How about gratitude and appreciation, prayer and recovery, hope and faith, health and happiness, peace and calming, love and compassion, enlightened and interconnected, just to name a few. While each of these qualities is valuable in a person’s life individually, together they add a depth and additional dimension to our spiritual journeys and experiences.
So often we think of faith traditions as being independent from others, it is hard for many to envision Buddhist Christians or Christian Jews or Muslim Hindis. They do not have the same sense of naturalness as burger and fries, but that does not mean that they cannot go together in unexpected and unique ways. Who knows how well they might go together if we do not try?