A Well-Stocked Kitchen

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“You can make anything if you have a well-stocked kitchen.” That is the message I came away with when I went with Micah to a “salon” at his work last week. The theme was “The Prepared Mind.” How I got to “well-stocked kitchen” from “prepared mind”  . . . well, maybe I’ve just been thinking too much about Thanksgiving. (I’m organizing the food for a 3+ day trip with some of Micah’s family.)

But it’s true. You can make anything if you have a well-stocked kitchen. You can come up with ways to serve things. You can astound and amaze people with your creativity when you have a lot of resources to put into whatever it is you’re creating. (And so much the better if you have to store the bacon next to the chocolate because it might inspire something like chocolate-covered bacon.)

Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself.

You see, at the salon, these two women who were speaking to a room full of creative professionals kept saying, “I am the opposite of prepared. I know nothing. I’m so disorganized. Things just happen.” Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. But everyone else in the room knew differently. “Oh, but don’t you think this helped prepare you . . . .” someone would ask, to which they demurred, distracted, changed the subject, and tried to shake it off. But here’s the thing: One of the women confessed to working dozens of jobs in a few short years, and the other admitted to magpie-like tendencies, including scanning paper shreds and other pieces of detritus — just because you never know.

Preparation if I ever heard it. Experience up to their eyebrows. Fearlessness in the face of the new. “Disorganized”? My eye!

With habits and experiences like they have, no wonder they are able to do really cool things. They’ve got a kitchen full of ingredients and enough experience to know the basic rules and when to discard them.

Personally, I’m trying really hard to stock my kitchen until the cupboards fall off the walls. I read. I write. I listen. I say yes to things that I really have no idea if I am capable of actually doing. I talk with creative people and attend “salons” when invited. But still, trying is the key word. Because the tricky part is that you never really know what little bit of experience or what tiny resource will make the difference in any situation. I may never find the perfect place to use that thing I thought I couldn’t live without. Or I may realize that something I picked up randomly along the way is the most useful thing ever.

I guess that is probably why these women were so adamant that they weren’t prepared and that they had no idea what they were doing. Because who knew when they scanned that particular scrap of paper they were scanning a canary for a children’s book? Who knew they were getting a business education when they temped for a few months at that one corporation?

But, like I said, if you are prepared for everything, you can do anything.

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  1. I love this post. SO true.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Missy! I happen to know your kitchen is very well-stocked — both literally and figuratively. Meaning, I’m pretty sure you can do anything.

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  2. Back atcha sista!

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