Sometimes It’s About What You Can Reach

A small bowl of hot smoked Spanish paprika (pi...

I was engaged in my usual Sunday cook-a-thon last week when I faced a small dilema.   I wanted the smoked paprika (fancy, I know) for the recipe, but it was out of reach.  I keep this particular item on the top shelf of the spice cabinet due to its infrequent use.  Normally, I simply climb up on the counter below to reach the items on the top shelf.  At this particular time; however, my very full and very hot slow cooker was occupying the exact counter real estate where I would need to place my knees.

At first, I became frustrated.  I felt like the recipe wouldn’t be perfect without the addition of the smoked paprika.  Then, I glanced up, spying the perfectly normal and perfectly accessible paprika right in front of me.  It would do just fine.

Some days and some situations are not about trying to achieve perfection.  When you’re in a rough patch, trying to maintain a high standard can be daunting and add unneeded stress.  It is okay to redefine your goals and adjust accordingly.  Sometimes, it’s all about what you can reach.

And, for the record, no I did not think about pulling a chair over to reach the paprika.  There is probably a lesson in that too…

Thank you for sharing!

9 thoughts on “Sometimes It’s About What You Can Reach

  1. LOL made me laugh out loud… the 4 year old inside you is alive and well. and very funny.

    But a great lesson in going with the regular and REACHABLE spice.

    As to the chair… 😀

    So I’m wondering if that principle applies to girlfriends. . . the ones close by, the ones farther away, the ones with smoky flavoring, hmmmmmmm. (stay calm feministas, lol)

      1. LOL the ones that belong to the BDW’s club?
        (Bitter Divorced Women)
        Yes, there are Bitter Divorced Men, who do a lot of whining no doubt. I don’t know any since those people are toxic and to be avoided. I try hard to always speak of a former spouse in terms of them being a very good person with many great qualities but there being some differences such that we are not a match. And that she no doubt felt relieved by the divorce as well as my being relieved. And those things are true. So, it’s easier for everyone to have that perspective. I think. imo. 😀

  2. Maybe she is saying that the hot spicy guy might be out of your reach, but maybe you should go with the ordinary guy that’s right there. He will always be there. You can depend on him.

  3. looking for buddha again – I'm a divorcing dad. Betrayed via infidelity by my wife. I love my kids and miss the wholenss of my family. I never thought this could happen to us. I always thought we would be that special couple and be together forever. But... Fast forward. Now divorced and it still sucks.
    looking for buddha again says:

    Next time go bold….reach for the easy-to-get turmeric!!!

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