The moment a recipe instructs you to use a “heaping” tablespoon of something is the moment you move from science to art.
The word “heaping” is code for putting “you” into it. Heaping is not exact, it is a judgement call and that is why ten people can use the same recipe and the dish turns out a little different.
A heaping tablespoon versus the standard always-the-same level tablespoon is the difference between a boring, mass-produced T. V. dinner that you buy in the frozen food section of your local grocery store and a one-of-a-kind gourmet dish serving piping hot out of your own oven.
One is a recipe reduced to a science, the other is a recipe transformed into a work of art.
One is about mass production to produce a profit; the other is cooking-with-love to create a memory.
The same applies in all areas of life.
Science is about control—do this and that happens. Science is about predictability—creating machines, systems, and processes that always produce the same thing.
This not necessarily a bad thing but it easily grinds you down to being just another cog in the cosmic machine.
Unless that is your goal in life, I encourage you to throw in a little something extra in what you do. That little something extra is you—your touch, your heart, your one-of-a-kind personality and passion. That is what turns life into more than the soulless pursuit of increasing the bottom line and into a life with meaning and purpose.
The ONE THING for today: Don’t settle for the soulless, mind-numbing standard operation procedures expected of you. No matter what your lot in life is at this moment, exceed expectations; produce more than is expected—produce a work of art. Toss in a heaping tablespoon of this and sprinkle a dash of that into the mix and give the world around you a little joy, light, and laughter.