Blue Plate Special
Hold the Whine
If you want to know the secret of having the perfect holiday dinner, the most important thing to do is to plan the menu.
The focal point of the perfect holiday menu is the "Blue Plate Special." This is a term that originated in the late 1800's referring to a budget priced meal of meat and 2 or 3 vegetables. One of the "rules" of a blue plate special is that there are no substitutions.
I read a wonderful essay one day about the blue plate special. It pointed out that we are all blue plate specials. Each one of us is a package deal with "no substitutions." No matter how much we would like Aunt Tillie to not talk so loud, or Uncle Otis to stop telling his "war stories," like the blue plate special, we don't get to make that choice.
The blue plate special is best made with all fresh ingredients, no leftovers or old stuff from the fridge. Likewise, with our "blue plate friends and family," leave out the rancid past experiences that taint your relationships.
The "meat" of the blue plate special is love. It is what calls us to be together and binds us together. It is the 'reason for the season' through which we have the opportunity to practice the unconditional love we desire for ourselves.
Oh yes...and please...hold the "whine." If spinach is on the blue plate special your choices are to eat it,
leave it, or don't order the blue plate special. It won't help to
criticize the spinach, to gossip about it, or complain about it. Just ignore the spinach.
Now, I did say that this is a "budget" meal. In the spiritual world of un-common sense, paying a higher price does not mean you get a higher quality "meal." The price we pay when we block the flow of love is a high price indeed...it will never satisfy the hunger of the soul.
In every moment of our lives, moment to moment, we are creating our reality. Our thoughts are things. They are the building blocks we put together to create our kingdom...be it one of delight or suffering.
It is my heartfelt prayer that you will be blessed by this thought, and that your holiday feast will truly be a love feast...a festival of love.
With Unconditional Love, RevAli